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In the middle of Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis rises a majestic limestone monument which looks out over the city. The monument reaches a height of 284 feet and the plaza on which it resides occupies a diameter of 342 feet. A small elevator inside transports visitors to the top, where they have a gorgeous view of the city and of nearby Memorial Park. On the four corners of the base of the monument are carved figures that represent the four branches of military service from the time of the Civil War: sailor, infantry, scout, and cavalry. In addition groups of statues on the sides of the base represent war, peace, they dying soldier and the homefront and give poignancy to the memorial. The monument is topped by a bronze sculpture of the Greek goddess of war, Nike, who represents victory in the Civil War and also carries a torch akin to the image of Lady Liberty.

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