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Veterans Memorial Park • VIP

Seth Auchterlonie, Chloe Yochy, Scott Auchterlonie, Amanda Auchterlonie, Kyle Auchterlonie, Christy Oeur

Jack Stroud, Jeanette Unruh, Terry Unruh

World War II Memorial Celebration Story & Photography by MeLinda Schnyder

Molly McMillin, Ted Ayres

Fred Simon, Darrell Plinsky

Dorendia Bird, Gary Bird

Herb Duncan, Fred Frazier

Bob Garrett, Bill Gale


everal hundred people gathered in downtown Wichita on May 28 to observe Memorial Day and commemorate the completion of the World War II Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park along the Arkansas River. The hour-long event honored the veterans who served and included music, color guard, wreath placement and a flyover by World War II Stearman aircraft. There also was a presentation on the war and the memorial project by World War II Memorial Inc., a nonprofit organization formed to support the project. Volunteers have installed 1,500 commemorative bricks honoring World War II veterans, paving three walkways leading to the memorial, which consists of two 6-foot-tall, 8-inch-thick granite panels. The final piece of the memorial, a directory helping friends and families find their loved ones’ brick, was completed earlier this year. Look for photos at

Susan Estes, Bettylou Ralston, Dave Franson, Ted Ayres

August 2017 • 59

VIP Wichita Magazine - August 2017  
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