After the traveling wall “Vietnam Wall That Heals” came to South Sioux City, Nebraska in October, 2007, a committee was formed to explore the possibility of placing a permanent wall in our community.
The City of South Sioux City donated 55 acres and with the help of members from the VFW Post 10753 and American Legion Post 307 as part of a steering committee, the Siouxland Freedom Park was born.
The park is a non-profit flag park, dog park (in honor of John Douangdara, a dog handler for the Navy Seal Team Six along with his service dog Bart who was killed in action in Afghanistan) and home of a half scale replica of the Vietnam Wall. The park is located off the Missouri River in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
Volunteers from VFW Post 10753 and American Legion Post 307 donate their time and talents at and for the Freedom Park. They include being part of the steering committee to build an interpretive center; perform proper flag folding and handling in grade and middle schools; honor guard duties at the Vietnam Wall for all of the annual events listed on the back of the brochure; change out the 30’ x 50’ flag on a 150’ pole for wear; raise and lower the flag as needed.
Other volunteerism by the Post members include the installation of park benches donated to the Freedom Park by memorials, install a bike rake, landscaping, bushes and assisting the City with upkeep. All things necessary for the Siouxland Freedom Park’s continued success.