Olathe in Johnson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Home For Christmas
1970 - 1972
—[Vietnam Veterans Memorial] —
Olathe captured the attention of the nation, and of the world, in 1970, 1971 and 1972, with four fund-raising drives to provide holiday furloughs for 28 Olathe servicemen then stationed in the Vietnam war zone.
Olathe was the first community in the nation to show such an organized support of its servicemen.
With pride in our community, this plaque is dedicated to honor all Olatheans who served their country during the Vietnam War.
Location. 38° 53.03′ N, 94° 49.19′ W. Marker is in Olathe, Kansas, in Johnson County. Marker is at the intersection of Santa Fe Drive and Cherry Street, on the right when traveling west on Santa Fe Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 West Santa Fe Drive, Olathe KS 66061, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. R.R. Osborne Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Bicentennial Time Capsule (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Santa Fe Trail (about 600 feet away); Children of the Trails (about 700 feet away); President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Makes a Whistle-stop in Olathe (about Olathe World War Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Olathe Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Elvira Beckwith (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Olathe.
Also see . . .
1. NBC News Archive Info on Olathe Home for Christmas Project. (Submitted on October 15, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Harry Welch 2013 Obituary (Olathe Mayor beginning 1972). (Submitted on October 15, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Vietnam •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 15, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.