It’s one of the largest memorial parks in the country, and if you didn’t know it was here, you might miss it. Veterans Memorial Park is home to 19 memorials spanning six wars and is one of only three collections nationwide honoring the Berlin Airlift. This 4.5-acre riverfront park sits between downtown Wichita and the Historic Delano District, near the Museums on the River.
The park was formed in 2009 to honor veterans and military personnel with statues, sculptures and memorials dedicated to the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Global War on Terrorism. All branches of the U.S. military are represented as are prisoners of war missing in action, Gold Star families and service members who have received a Purple Heart.
The Berlin Airlift Veterans Association held its convention in Wichita, and members admired the city’s Veterans Memorial Park so much that they decided to fund the addition of a memorial. That memorial was dedicated Sept. 26, 2019.
Veterans Memorial Park often holds events honoring servicemen and women, including an annual Veterans Day ceremony to honor all who have served and continue to serve the country in war or peace.
Four new walkways are being built and are accepting new paver purchases. With four grids to the south of the Vietnam Memorial, veterans and family members of Vietnam era vets can purchase one of 1,500 total pavers. A second walkway is being added to the Korean War Memorial, creating the first opportunity to add to the memorial since its installment. The area between these two portions of the project and the World War II Walkway will be the site of a new section open to veterans of all wars. This gives family members who served in different wars a way to purchase bricks next to one another. Bricks are $100 each and can be purchased through Veterans Memorial Park’s order form.
Explore the memorials here or visit the park in person when you plan your trip to Wichita.