History of the Park


The Park area was originally dedicated as Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in 1985. The State of Wyoming Vietnam Memorial Structure was developed and later dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 1986 to Wyoming citizens who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

In the years to follow, many other memorial monuments were added to the Park to honor veterans of the many world conflicts in which the United States of America has been involved.
The Veterans Memorial Park Committee is continually developing ideas for improving the park and adding memorial value. Two notable developments in progress include the War Dogs Memorial and the Women in Service Memorial.

More historical information on the developments that have occurred over the years can be found by viewing the link below:

Historical Information of the State of Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park


On September 16, 1985, the Cody City Council agreed to provide property for a new Wyoming State Vietnam War Memorial. The proposed memorial would include names of all Wyoming soldiers killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War carved into black granite, each listed with their respective dates of death or disappearance.

Governor's Proclamation of Memorial
Photographs by Park County Archives
The land provided, located north of Beck Lake and across the Greybull Highway, was leveled and prepared by City of Cody employees. The process of concrete pouring began soon after on August 15, 1986.