In April 2013 the Blue Springs Veterans Way Memorial dedication ceremony was held at Pink Hill Park. This permanent display is dedicated to the sacrifice, courage and valor of all veterans who served our nation. The memorial is a place for personal contemplation or reflection for veterans and veterans' families and friends, and provides a site for educating youth about the historical significance of wars fought in defense of our nation. The Veterans Way Memorial was funded by private donations gathered from the work of the Veterans Way Memorial Committee.
The Veterans Way Memorial identifies the site where "The Wall That Heals" was exhibited in Blue Springs in 2010. Approximately 50,000 people visited Blue Springs from September 30 to October 3, 2010 to remember loved ones, share their experiences with others, and learn more about the Vietnam War era. On display was a traveling exhibition of the Vietnam War Memorial located in Washington, D.C. that includes the names of the 58,000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War.
In spring 2016 the Honoring our Heroes - Reflections on the Vietnam War program took place at the Veterans Way Memorial. This event was held to recognize our nation's 50th Anniversary welcoming home our veterans at the end of the Vietnam War. Wreaths were placed in memory of those lost including a wreath for SP4 William Arthur Michael, the sole Blue Springs resident killed in action during the Vietnam War. Following the program, Vietnam Veterans were given a Commemorative Lapel Pin provided by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The event was presented by the Blue Springs Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, City of Blue Springs and program partners and dedicated to the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. More than 300 community members gathered at Veterans Way Memorial and heard from veterans Jim Maher and Chuck Lear.