Wichita installs Operation Freedom memorial

Military

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Construction crews have installed a memorial to Kansas military service members who died in Operation Freedom.

The memorial was erected Thursday at Veterans Memorial Park in Wichita. It includes black granite panels with a statue of a kneeling soldier. About 90 names are etched in the panels.

Cosmetic touches still need to be finished, so the memorial won’t be open to the public for the next 10 days.

A public dedication is planned for May 17.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1iIZI8k ) the project was led by Anita Dixon, whose son, Army Sgt. Evan Parker, died in 2005 in Iraq.

The cost of the memorial project is about $225,000.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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