Dedication ceremony to be held for War at Home Memorial in Broken Arrow
Source: City of Broken Arrow
A dedication ceremony for the War at Home Memorial will be held Saturday, June 11, at 10 a.m. at Veterans Park, 1111 S. Main St., in Broken Arrow.
The memorial’s purpose is to bring attention to U.S. veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress. Statistically, 20 veterans a day are lost to suicide.
The War at Home Memorial features 20 1,000-pound steel silhouettes set in granite. Each steel plate is 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide and bears the name and likeness of military veterans who lost the war at home.
This memorial remembers our brothers and sisters who lost their lives to suicide, and includes one of the only sculpture depictions of an American Veteran who is also a citizen of a First Nation.
Originally conceived in 2014 by Magnus Johnson, co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of Mission 22, the memorial features 20 steel plate silhouettes of Veterans who took their own lives following their return from war. Each Veteran represented is named at the base of each silhouette with an ID tag.
Family members of the veterans memorialized in the silhouettes are expected to be in attendance.
"It is such an important mission, to bring awareness to veteran suicide,” said Broken Arrow Mayor Debra Wimpee. "When I heard about the need for a permanent home for the Memorial, I knew it had to be in Broken Arrow. Our city is a strong supporter of Veterans, and it is an honor to live in a community that accepts something as special and unique as the War at Home Memorial."
The city says the War at Home Memorial is meant to remind us of our loss, amend the past, honor the present, and endeavor to prevent these tragedies from happening in the future. Initially, the Memorial traveled the nation. Now, it is a permanent installation at Broken Arrow's Veterans Park.
Throughout the last several years, the memorial was previously installed in Texas and Virginia, and has been seen by tens of thousands of people.
The memorial includes Gold Star and Blue Star mothers' memorials on the site.
The War at Home Memorial is made possible through a collaborative partnership among Mission 22, the Muscogee Nation and City of Broken Arrow.
For more information about The War at Home Memorial go to http://mission22.com.