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Military Places of Interest in Louisville and the Surrounding Area

The Patriots Peace Memorial is located outside of downtown Louisville.  You’ll find it off Zorn Avenue, next to Thurman-Hutchins Park on River Road. It was built on Veterans Day in 2002 as a memorial to honor fallen patriots. The monument’s design is ever changing. As names of fallen veterans are added to the monument, a brick is removed from its structure and replaced with personalized, etched glass. The glass “holes” make for a beautiful spectacle of light as the sun’s light illuminates the inside of the monument during the day.  And as a radiating beacon as light shines outward from dusk to dawn.

Zachary Taylor National Cemetery is located in northeast Louisville, off Brownsboro Road. The cemetery is one of 112 national cemeteries in the US, and is one of 7 located in Kentucky. Located there are the remains of the nation’s 12th President, Zachary Taylor, and his wife. Also laid to rest at the cemetery are veterans representing six wars – the Spanish-American War, World War I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War.

Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial – Frankfort, KY

Overlooking the state Capitol, the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors those who served during the Vietnam era. Of the more than 58,000 Americans that gave their lives for our Country, over 1,100 were Kentuckians. In remembrance, each Kentuckian’s name is engraved into the plaza surrounding a large sundial. As the sundial’s pointer moves, it’s shadow touches each veteran’s name on the anniversary of his death. Thus, symbolizing each veteran’s own Memorial Day. Since its dedication in 1988, the Memorial has been open to visitors every day of the year, including holidays.

The General George Patton Museum of Leadership – Fort Knox, KY

The General Patton Museum is dedicated to his memory from his role as a leader in World War I to his impact on the present day. It is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am-4:30pm.The world-class military museum includes many of General Patton’s personal items, dating from his early childhood until the end of World War II, personal stories, and films. It also has a wide array of weapons and armor on display, along with a piece of the Berlin Wall and an exhibit on the U.S. Bullion Depository.

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