Twenty 10-foot tall silhouettes now stand at the Elizabeth River Trail in Norfolk, Virginia. Cast in metal, the silhouettes are of 10 military veterans we’ve lost to suicide.
The War at Home memorial is a traveling art piece our organization helped create with the goal of raising awareness of the battle against PTS. This year the 10 brave soldiers whose lives were cut short will stand watch near the Larchmont Library in Norfolk.
Each steel plate includes the exact likeness of the vet as well as details about their lives and service. This is the first public display of our monument, something that we are very proud of.
According to Sara Dawdy, Mission 22’s CEO, the impact of seeing real people’s names and silhouettes can humanize the problem of PTS and make it hit home more than any set of statistics ever could.
“The memorial really humanizes this because these are our fathers and our mothers and our brothers and our sisters that we are losing every single day,” Dawdy said.
After Norfolk, the plan is to take the memorial around the country, placing it in a new spot every 12-18 months before finding a permanent location. So far there have been discussions with officials in Arizona, Maryland and Washington about being the final hosts.
If you’re in Norfolk or traveling near there, take a detour and go visit this powerful monument. It’s open to the public, and the impact of its presence can’t be understated in our war on veteran suicide.