Pro Patria

Pro Patria

The spirit of the American soldier is celebrated in this beautifully-rendered sculpture of a young man draped in a flag. While the piece reflects both aspiration and valor, the artist, Henry Hering, suggested that the man reaching upward in exultation may also be interpreted as a soldier grasping for the olive branch of peace. The sculpture sits on the steps of the World War Memorial in downtown Indianapolis.  The phrase pro patria means “for country” in Latin; a famous ode by the Roman poet

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Collection: State of Indiana

Medium type: Bronze

Date created: 1929

Associated artists

Henry Hering
Henry Hering


431 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN, 46204


  • Photo courtesy of Indiana World War Memorial


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