Memorials in Veterans Memorial Park Wichita, KS

Veterans Memorial Park

339 W. Central - Wichita, KS

Originally designated as Park Plaza "A" and the John S. Stevens Veterans Memorial, this small parcel of land was conveyed to the Board of Park Commissioners by the City of Wichita in 1980.

US Bicentennial Flag Pavilion Memorial - 1977

Dedicated in 1977, this memorial is named after the late City Commissioner John S. Stevens and was a joint project between the City, Urban Renewal Agency and several veterans groups.

The centerpiece of the park is the John S. Stevens Memorial Flag Pavilion‚ which features 14 display cabinets tracing the evolution of Old Glory from colonial times to the present flag.

Reconciliation Memorial - 2016

The latest addition to the park is the Reconciliation Memorial. The Reconciliation Memorial honors and remembers both the Union and Confederate soldiers and has been designed to take the place of the Confederate flag that once flew at the US Bicentennial Flag Pavilion Memorial. The memorial is a gray granite 8-foot obelisk that looks similar to the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. The four-sided obelisk will tell the story of how both sides lost soldiers and what and why they were fighting.

Operation Freedom Memorial - 2014

First conceived in 2009 the Operation Freedom Memorial Foundation, Inc. (OFM) was founded as a non-profit organization (501C-3) in 2010. OFM worked closely with VMPWI and the Wichita Parks and Recreation Department in the design and location of the OFM Memorial. After raising the funds to build the memorial construction was started on Nov 21, 2013. Construction was delayed several months due to bad weather but the project was completed on April 10, 2014 when grass seed and sod were installed. The OFM memorial was dedicated on May 17, 2014.

A symbol of tribute to our Kansas fallen service members from conflicts of war and acts of terrorism. The sacrifice of these brave men and women who wore our nation’s uniform, paid the ultimate price by giving their lives for the American way of life. Their memories will not be forgotten and will forever be a legacy for future generations.

This memorial is dedicated in honor and remembrance to all our United States Armed Forces veterans and currently serving, for their immeasurable service and supreme sacrifice, for those who defend our nation and preserve our freedom. May we all grasp the full measure of their patriotism for a cost greater than themselves.

The black granite walls of the memorial list the names of the Kansas service members who died in conflicts in the global war on terrorism while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The gray granite floor pavers contain the names of people who have served in the U.S. Military (active or veteran) from any time period or era.

World War II Memorial - 2011

Construction for this memorial to the service of WW-II veterans was started on July 9, 2011 and it was dedicated on November 11, 2011.

Korean War Memorial - 2001

This memorial to Kansans who served in Korea war was dedicated in May, 2001. It is located in Veterans Memorial Park, which is located at Central Ave. and Veterans Parkway in Wichita, KS.

The Kansas Korean War Memorial Association raised funds for the construction of this memorial, which pays tribute to the heroic acts and sacrifices Kansans made in the war effort.

Vietnam War Memorial - 1994

Dedicated in 1994, this memorial honors Sedgwick County men killed or missing in Vietnam. The memorial project was sponsored by the Homefront Memorial Committee.

American Revolutionary War Memorial 2011-+

In development the future AMREV memorial will honor those men and women of the thirteen colonies who struggled to gain their independence and create and establish the United States of America in the American Revolution, 1775 - 1787.

The memorial will be constructed by redeveloping an existing structure adjacent to the WW-II and US Bicentennial Flag Pavilion Memorials.

Marine Corps League Memorial - 1995

Dedicated in 1995, this memorial project was sponsored by the Air Capital Detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps League.

Military Order of the Purple Heart

Memorial honoring soldiers wounded or killed in action.

US Navy Hospital Corps Memorial

Memorial honoring the Fleet Marine Force corpsmen — Navy medic personnel who accompany Marines into battle.

US Merchant Marine Memorial - 1996

Dedicated in 1996 to Merchant Marine and U.S. Navy Guards, this memorial project was sponsored by the Merchant Marine Veterans.

U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans and U.S. Navy Armed Guard Memorial, honoring crews and ships who carried the troops, oil, gas, ammunition, bombs and other necessities to the front lines.

US Navy Armed Guard Memorial

U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans and U.S. Navy Armed Guard Memorial, honoring crews and ships who carried the troops, oil, gas, ammunition, bombs and other necessities to the front lines.

US Navy Submarine Service Memorial - 1984

Dedicated in 1984, this memorial project was sponsored by the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II, Kansas Chapter.

SS Dorado Memorial

SS Dorado Memorial, honoring 52 men who lost their lives on Oct. 12, 1943, when the submarine vanished while sailing from New London, Conn., to Panama.

Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Memorial

Pearl Harbor Memorial, sponsored by the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

USS Wichita Memorial

USS Wichita Memorial, honoring the heavy cruiser of the United States Navy, named for the city of Wichita.

The heavy cruiser was commissioned Feb. 16, 1939, and decommissioned in 1947. It was awarded 13 battle stars for its service. After the atomic bomb was dropped at Nagasaki, the USS Wichita was sent to Japan to help liberate prisoners of war.

American Gold Star Mothers