Norfolk is the inaugural 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. 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.
The opening event takes place Saturday, January 13, at 10:00 a.m. Family members of those represented in the memorial will be present, as will the Virginia Patriot Guard and the Norfolk Fire Rescue Honor Guard. Captain McDaniel, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Norfolk, is among the speakers.
Each component of the memorial depicts the likeness of a real United States veteran who lost their battle with PTSD. They 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 location of the memorial is along the Elizabeth River Trail on City property adjacent to the Larchmont Library. Visitors will find brochures and memorial information inside the library. The memorial is free and open to the public.