Siouxland Freedom Park
South Sioux City, Nebraska; Dakota County
Our debt to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces can never truly be repaid, but on the hallowed grounds of Siouxland Freedom Park, we will strive to honor their memory, extend our hearts to aid in their healing and educate on the historic significance of their service.
Siouxland Freedom Park is a 55-acre park located south of South Sioux City, NE, overlooking the Missouri River. The park is home to the ONLY exact half-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. “The Wall” as it’s dubbed, is made from the same granite from India as the wall in D.C. It features the names of 58,272 fallen service members from the Vietnam War. At 250-feet wide, the wall is impressive and breathtaking, yet a bleak reminder of the sacrifices made by many. 130 of the names on the wall are soldiers from the Siouxland area. Siouxland is considered the tri-state area of northwest Iowa, northeast Nebraska and southeast South Dakota. Although the park is in Nebraska, it truly is a gift to Siouxland and to the thousands of visitors who stop by every year. The wall is a place to heal, reflect and pay tribute.
The park also features a dog park, walking trails, lighting, and a 30×60 foot American flag, flown at 150 feet high.
Siouxland Freedom Park Development
Siouxland Freedom Park was born out of the groundswell of patriotism and emotion after South Sioux City hosted the traveling Vietnam Wall that Heals in October of 2007. An enthusiastic and eager group of citizens comprised of veterans and community members began to design and fundraise for the regional park starting in 2011. Donations ranged from school children dropping off quarters in a bucket to large businesses donating thousands. Individual donations to the park also account for $1.6 million needed for Phase I of Siouxland Freedom Park. After countless hours of planning, designing and preparing. The half-scale exact replica of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall was erected on May 28th, 2014.
The wall is part of Phase I of the project for Siouxland Freedom Park. Also complete during Phase I was the outside building structure of a 5,000 square foot Interpretive Center, the John Douangdara Memorial Dog Park, the 150 foot flag pole featuring a 30’x60′ U.S. Flag, trails, and exterior lighting.
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