BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The Veterans Way Memorial Committee invites the community to attend the memorial dedication on Tuesday, April 2 at 3 p.m. at Pink Hill Park, 2715 Park Hill Road. This historic ceremony will feature a unique program that honors every major war and the veterans that defended our nation.
“It was an honor to serve our country, and it is a great privilege to have worked on this project,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “I invite everyone to join us as we dedicate this remarkable memorial and I want to thank the donors, partners and community members for their efforts to bring this memorial to our community.”
The Veterans Way Memorial is dedicated to the sacrifice, courage and valor of all veterans who served our nation. The memorial identifies the site where “The Wall That Heals” was exhibited in Blue Springs in 2010. It serves as a place for personal contemplation or reflection for veterans and veterans’ families and friends, and provides a site for educating youth about the historical significance of wars fought in defense of our nation.
“One of the early concepts of the memorial was to serve as an educational site about the historical significance of wars fought in defense of our nation,” said Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair. “This dedication program aims to not only honor our veterans, but serve as a reminder of the great sacrifices we as a nation have made to protect and preserve the freedoms that we enjoy each and every day.”
The dedication program participants include Col. Don Ballard (ret.), Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient, Lake City Army Ammunition Plant LTC Lawrence Cannon, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps from both Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South High School and several veteran groups. Malena Marcase from Blue Springs High School and the Circuit Riders will provide musical renditions that observe the music of each war era.
The Veterans Way Memorial Committee would like to thank the Blue Springs Public Art Commission, Fike Corporation, Quanta Services, John R. Colson, ATK Alliant Techsystems, Blue Springs Elks Lodge 2509, Tandem Paving Company, the City of Blue Springs, the Blue Springs School District and the many other donors and supporters of this memorial.
The Veterans Way Memorial was funded by private donations. For more information, contact Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair at (816) 655-0490 or visit the memorial’s Web site, www.bluespringswallthatheals.net.