Norfolk is the first ever stop for the mobile monument, War at Home Memorial, a project of Mission 22 out of Nashville, Indiana.
The nonprofit organization has developed programs that treat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The memorial brings awareness to the effects of PTSD, including veteran suicide, and how those suffering from those effects can get the help they need.
Each component of the memorial depicts the likeness of a real United States veteran who lost their battle with PTSD. The monuments are constructed from a steel plate, with the veteran’s outline hollowed out from the plate. At the base of each is an enlarged dog tag with the details about their life and service.
The memorial will be located along the Elizabeth River Trail on City property adjacent to the Larchmont Library. Installation began last week and will be completed in early December.
An opening event is currently being planned. The memorial is free and open to the public, and will be available for viewing until November 2018.