Veterans Park at the Atlanta History Center
The newly expanded Veterans Park at the Atlanta History Center is dedicated to all of the men and women who have served - and continue to serve - the United States of America. The Park was designed not as a traditional veterans’ memorial, but as a unique gathering place encouraging reflection, personal connections to veterans, and a celebration of the lives of those who have sacrificed to secure our freedom.
A cornerstone of the one-acre Veterans Park, and perhaps the most poignant personal connection to our country’s military history, are the stories and oral histories of veterans featured on a series of panels throughout the Park. Through a partnership with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, the Atlanta History Center has been collecting oral histories of veterans for over ten years.
Each panel in Veterans Park features a QR code – compatible with any smartphone - allowing visitors to easily access video files of veterans sharing their personal stories, memories, tragedies, and triumphs of their service to our country. Through the use of this technology, the History Center will be able to add veterans’ stories as they are collected in upcoming years, ensuring the voices of these veterans will be kept alive for generations to come.
Veterans Park at the Atlanta History Center was funded by a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation; designed by award-winning landscape architect Mack Cain of Jacobs; and planned in cooperation with a steering committee of veterans from the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Veterans History Project