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Louisville, KY Military History

Louisville has a proud and decorated military heritage.

Zachary Taylor National Cemetery – 4701 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY 40207

Zachary Taylor National Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The cemetery is one of 112 national cemeteries in the United States; one of seven located in Kentucky, and contains the grave of the nation’s 12th president, Zachary Taylor (1784-1850). Veterans representing six wars – the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War – are also buried there. Each year on Nov. 24 – Taylor’s birth date – military personnel from Fort Knox conduct a wreath-laying ceremony at the cemetery. For more information: www.cem.va.gov/CEMs/nchp/zacharytaylor.asp.

The Patriots Peace Memorial – Louisville, KY

The Patriots Peace Memorial is a one-of-a-kind memorial dedicated to the memory of those United States military personnel who have given their lives in the line of duty under conditions other than those of declared hostile action. Ever mindful that military readiness is a dangerous endeavor, this community has now enshrined more than 400 patriots in the memorial. As a name is added, a brick is removed and replaced with personalized etched glass identifying each patriot, signifying our loss. This void in an otherwise solid wall becomes a portal of light transforming the interior by day and radiating outward at night through each name as a reminder to celebrate daily the joy of freedom purchased and safeguarded by these brave men and women.

The Patriots Peace Memorial is located east of downtown Louisville next to Thurman-Hutchins Park on River Road, east of Zorn Avenue. For more information: www.patriotspeacememorial.org

Other Military Points of Interest in the region:

Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial – Frankfort, KY

The design concept is in the form of a large sundial. The stainless steel gnomon casts its shadow upon a granite plaza. There are 1,100 names of Kentuckians on the memorial, including 23 missing in action. Each name is engraved into the plaza, and placed so that the tip of the shadow touches his name on the anniversary of his death, thus giving each fallen veteran a personal Memorial Day.

The location of each name is fixed mathematically by the date of casualty, the geographic location of the memorial, the height of the gnomon and the physics of solar movement. The stones were then designed and cut to avoid dividing any individual name. The resulting radial-concentric joint pattern suggests a “web,” symbolic of the entangling nature of this war. For more information: www.kyvietnammemorial.net.

Purple Heart Trail – I-64 from Louisville, KY to Ashland, KY

The Purple Heart Trail is a state-by-state effort to recognize the efforts of veterans who have fought in wars and received a Purple Heart for their injuries. About 37 states have a highway named for the Purple Heart. Kentucky designated Interstate 64, which runs east to west from West Virginia to Indiana, a Purple Heart Trail in August 2003.

The General George Patton Museum – Fort Knox, KY

The General George Patton Museum on Fort Knox is a world-class military museum that offers a wide array for weapons and armor as well as a piece of the Berlin Wall and a display on the U.S. Bullion Depository (Gold Vault). The Patton Gallery provides a glimpse of the general's life and offers a large collection of his personal effects to include his ivory handled pistols. The museum is open seven days a week and is free. Armor Memorial Park is located on grounds adjacent to the museum and pays tribute to the soldiers and units who have served our country. Additional information about these attractions is at www.generalpatton.org.

Hotels, attractions and restaurants in Louisville that provide military discounts:

  • 1853 Inn at Woodhaven
  • Airport & Expo. Center Econo Lodge
  • Airport and Expo LaQuinta Inn & Suites
  • Airport/Expo Sleep Inn & Suites
  • Aleksander House Bed & Breakfast
  • Baymont Inn & Suites-Louisville East
  • Beautiful Dreamer
  • Belle of Louisville/Spirit of Jefferson
  • Best Western Dixie Inn
  • Bob Evans Restaurant
  • Brown Hotel
  • Buck's Restuarant
  • Candlewood Suites
  • Captain's Cove
  • Cave Country Adventures
  • Caviar Japanese Restaurant
  • Central Park Bed & Breakfast
  • The Chariot Hotel
  • The Columbine Bed & Breakfast
  • Comfort Inn - Elizabethtown
  • Comfort Inn & Pirates Bay Indoor Water Park
  • Comfort Inn & Suites, Airport & Expo
  • Comfort Inn Southwest
  • Comfort Suites
  • Comfort Suites - LaGrange
  • Country Inn & Suites - Louisville East
  • Courtyard By Marriott Louisville Airport
  • Courtyard by Marriott Louisville East
  • Days Inn & Suites
  • Days Inn Shepherdsville
  • Derby Dinner Playhouse
  • Drury Inn & Suites
  • Econo Lodge Downtown
  • Edgewater Resort at Taylorsville Lake
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Louisville East
  • Fern Valley Hotel & Conference Center
  • Frazier International History Museum
  • Free Enterprise System
  • Hampton Inn Airport/Fair Expo Ctr.
  • Hampton Inn Downtown Louisville
  • Hampton Inn Louisville North/Clarksville
  • Historic Locust Grove, Inc.
  • Historic Maple Hill Manor
  • Holiday Inn Airport & Fair/Expo Center
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
  • Holiday Inn Express NW
  • Holiday Inn Hurstbourne
  • Holiday Inn Lakeview
  • Holiday Inn Louisville Airport South
  • Holiday Inn Southwest Fair Expo
  • Hotel Louisville Downtown
  • Howl at the Moon
  • Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre
  • Jameson Inn Airport South
  • Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Kentucky Horse Park
  • La Quinta Inn and Suites
  • Louisville Executive Hotel and Conference Center
  • Louisville Ghost Tours
  • Louisville Ghost Walks
  • Louisville Mega Cavern
  • Louisville Science Center
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
  • Louisville South KOA
  • Louisville Zoo
  • Luigi’s Pizzeria
  • Marinette Dream Cruises
  • Microtel Inn Louisville East
  • Mine and Your’s Consignment
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • The National Corvette Museum
  • Papa John’s Downtown #81
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Quality Inn & Suites
  • Quality Inn & Suites-Airport
  • Ramada Airport & Fair/Expo Center
  • Ramada Downtown North
  • Ready Cab Company
  • Red Roof Inn Fair & Expo
  • Residence Inn by Marriott - Louisville Airport
  • Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia
  • Sheraton Louisville Riverside Hotel
  • Sleep Inn East
  • Speed Art Museum
  • Staybridge Suites-Louisville-Middletown
  • Super 8 Airport/Expo
  • Travelodge Airport Louisville
  • Wingate by Wyndham Louisville East