Wichita to See New Veteran Memorial Next Year

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Supporters of Wichita’s newest veteran’s memorial took an important step toward their goal of opening the memorial by Veterans Day next year.

On Sunday, the site of the Operation Freedom Memorial was dedicated in Veterans Memorial Park in Wichita.

The memorial will include a sculpture in the center of a 25-foot diameter circle. It will be surrounded by three 8-foot black granite walls, which will carry the names of the nearly 100 Kansans killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

However, Operation Freedom Foundation still needs thousands of dollars before the monument can be built.

Anita Dixon began working to create the memorial after her son, Sgt. Evan Parker, died in Iraq in 2005. She says it’s important that all Kansans in the service be recognized.