Since Veteran’s Day in 1977, Wichita has paid homage to the men and women who have fought and died in various wars throughout history. While Wichita will not have a parade or event this year, Wichita’s Veterans Memorial Park is available to view year-round and since it is outdoors, it is a safe way to recognize Veteran’s Day.
It’s one of the largest memorial parks in the country and is set along the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita. From the Bicentennial Flag Pavilion to the U.S.S. Wichita Memorial, 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 Keeper of the Plains Plaza and the Museums on the River.
The park was formed in 1980 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.
How to Visit
This Veteran’s Day, when social distance and outdoor activities are encouraged, take the “Veteran’s Memorial Walk” along the east side of the Arkansas River right to the park and witness for yourself this beautiful and unique collection.
Veteran’s Day Flyover
While you're at the park, keep an eye on the sky as Doc, a historic World War II bomber originally built in Wichita, will be making its final flight for 2020 on Veteran’s Day. Doc is one of only two B-29 aircraft still flying today. Visitors can learn more about the aircraft and its restoration at the B-29 Doc Education Center & Hangar. Doc will be in the hangar and on display for visitors 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve) and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.