Memorial bricks honor Hoosier veterans

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Indianapolis is honoring our military heroes.

Five laser-engraved bricks were installed at the south side of Monument Circle Friday morning. The bricks have the names of five veterans, including former Gov. Joe Kernan, who was a prisoner of war after his Navy aircraft was shot down.

"This is a way to be able to maintain the kinds of monuments that we have in Indiana to veterans. There's not another state in the union that has greater appreciation for men and women who served in uniform," said Kernan, who attended Friday's ceremony.

Other veterans receiving ceremonial bricks are USMC Cpl. Josh Bleill, former Gov. Ed Whitcomb (a two-year Japanese prisoner of war), Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter and Col. Jim Kasler.

Cpl. Bleill, now a spokesman for the Indianapolis Colts, lost both legs to an IED in Iraq. Eyewitness News followed his progress as he learned to walk again using prosthetic legs.

Lt. Gen. Mutter, chairman of the Indiana War Memorials Commission, is the first military female officer to be nominated to the three-star rank and a deputy commandant of the Marine Corps at the time of her retirement.

Col (ret) Kasler flew fighter aircraft in WW II, Korea and Vietnam for a combined 198 combat missions and is the only person to have earned three Air Force Crosses. He spent over six years as a POW in Vietnam.