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Citizen - Soldier

 
 
Citizen Soldier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael W. Kruse, July 27, 2015
1. Citizen Soldier Marker
Inscription.
Dedicated October 5, 2001

In 1999 - The 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Veterans of Foreign Wars - this bronze statue was commissioned to commemorate the organization's first century of service to veterans, those in uniform and the communities in which they live.

Three important aspects of the VFW's history are commemorated in the design:

First and foremost, the VFW member is helping the soldier, symbolizing VFW's support for veterans.

Secondly, the document in the member's hand symbolizes VFW's fight for veterans in public and political arenas.

Finally, the entire design speaks to the metamorphosis from soldier to citizen and VFW member.

 
Erected 2001 by Veterans of Foreign Wars.
 
Location. 39° 4.03′ N, 94° 35.422′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is on Broadway Boulevard north of 34th Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is part of the VFW Centennial Plaza. Marker is at or near this postal address: 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City MO 64111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. VFW Centennial Plaza (here, next to this marker); Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Headquarters Memorial
Citizen - Soldier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael W. Kruse, July 27, 2015
2. Citizen - Soldier Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Flaven/Browne Building Complex (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Golf Course in Kansas City (approx. 0.6 miles away); Charles Carroll Spalding (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mayor Milton Jameson Payne (approx. 0.6 miles away); Spanish-American War/Philippine Insurrection/China Relief Expedition Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); Elizabeth Duncan Porter (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
 
Categories. Patriots & Patriotism
 
Citizen - Soldier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael W. Kruse, July 27, 2015
3. Citizen - Soldier Marker
The plaque is on the base of a statue in the VFW Centennial Plaza.
Citizen - Soldier Statue Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2015
4. Citizen - Soldier Statue Detail
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael W. Kruse of Kansas City, Missouri. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael W. Kruse of Kansas City, Missouri.   4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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