"Veterans of Foreign Wars Centennial Plaza"
Location: 3300 Broadway, Kansas City, MO
Owner: Veterans of Foreign Wars
Photo Credit: Judith Burngen
Located just outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Headquarters is the Citizen Soldier, sculpted by Jim Brothers and dedicated October, 2001. It is against a backdrop of 5 plaques with 2 bubblers below each. The plaques depict: Origins, Legislative, Remembrance, Community Service/Ladies Auxiliary and Future Vision. The subtle fountains cannot be seen from the street, but must be viewed at close proximity. The plaque for the statue reads: In 1999, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Veterans of Foreign Wars - this bronze statue was commissioned to commemorate the organizations first century of service to veterans, those in uniform and 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 hand symbolized VFW's fight for veterans in the public and political arenas. Finally the entire design speaks to the metamorphosis from soldier to citizen and VFW member.