When it comes to honoring Wichita’s veterans, Philip Blake usually knows best. That’s certainly the case with his push to make Veterans Parkway the new name of Greenway Street.
Blake, an 89-year-old World War II veteran, has cared for and championed Veterans Memorial Park and its 15 memorials to veterans of multiple wars, and took the lead in getting its World War II memorial funded and dedicated in 2011.
By obliging Blake’s request sometime in the next few weeks, the Wichita City Council can make it easier for people to find the park, which sits along the short, winding street that links Central and Second. Estimates are the change can be made with two street signs and four directional signs, at a modest cost of $600.
If more people visit and enjoy this remarkable park, that will be gratifying to Blake, who wants to ensure this “priceless asset” is properly maintained and supported long term. It also will be a win for Wichita, which should do all it can to show its respect and gratitude for those who have defended their country.