Natco Credit Union was one of the initial contributors to the funding of the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame (IMVHOF). Through the credit union spirit of People Helping People, more than $330,000 was donated by Indiana’s credit unions, their business partners, and several private donors.
The IMVHOF celebrated the official opening of its permanent building at 5360 Herbert Lord Road, Indianapolis on Thursday, April 5, 2018.
The grand opening ceremony consisted of remarks by those who helped establish the IMVHOF including Senator Joe Donnelly, Steve Collier (Mayor of Lawrence), John McKenzie (President of the Indiana Credit Union League), John Bartlett (Indiana District 95 State Representative), Kevin Ryan (Financial Center First Credit Union President/CEO) and Colonel (US Army Retired) Russell Dowden, Chairman of the IMVHOF.
The event was attended by over 100 government dignitaries, current and retired military servicemen and women, those previously inducted into the IMVHOF, and honored guests. A ribbon cutting and tours of the facility were also a part of the grand opening celebration. Open to the public for self-guided tours, the building’s hours of operation are: M-F 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
The memorial facility is the only free-standing memorial of its kind in the nation. It honors all those inducted into the IMVHOF, 62 Hoosier veterans to date from all branches of the Armed Forces for their outstanding military and civilian service during and after active duty.
The facility’s construction is comprised of red brick and Indiana limestone. The interior of the building consists of electronic kiosks that display photos and biographies of each of the IMVHOF’s inductees and military memorabilia from various eras. The building sits on land donated by Indiana Department of The American Legion Headquarters.
Commemorative bricks are available for purchase at imvhof.com and will be placed in the circular entrance of the IMVHOF building.