ABOUT THE MEMORIAL
The Path of Honor - Wind River Veterans Memorial is a tribute to all military service members who live within the boundaries of the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. With deep gratitude and thanks to our donors, the Path of Honor is the realization of a dream over a decade in the making.
The Path of Honor is a memorial where our Veterans can come together to be recognized and honored, and where many generations – at home and afar – can learn that service is honorable and noble and that we are all in this together.
Home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho, over 27,000 people live within the boundaries of the Wind River Reservation. The Path of Honor is for all servicemen and women, including Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribal members, members of other tribes, and non-tribal members living on the reservation.
Native Americans have served in the U.S. military in every major conflict for more than 200 years. From the battlefields of the Revolutionary War, to the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, to the front lines of today, American Indians and Alaska Native people have defended this country for centuries.
Located in Fort Washakie on the Wind River Reservation, The Path of Honor - Wind River Veterans Memorial is located at the Frank B. Wise Business Center. The Memorial is a collection of stones to represent the four-eras of service: Pre World Wars and World Wars I & II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and finally the Post-Vietnam & Gulf War Era. A red path, a Native American symbol of courage and commitment to living a purposeful life, winds through the stones.
When the viewer completes the path and looks back, the stones form the shape of a buffalo. From project leader Scott Ratliff, “The buffalo has been a symbol that has stood for strength and courage, We see it as sort of the same symbol as a warrior. A warrior protects and provides, and so does the buffalo.”
Frank B. Wise Business Center
3 Ethete Rd, Fort Washakie, WY 82514
Aerial Layout View
To recognize and honor our Veterans warriors' way of life, the natural garden is designed to fit into the Native culture and environment.
Visitors will enter the garden from the East, seeing
the monuments silhouetted against the Wind River Mountains to the West. The path through the garden includes four stately stone sculptures. Native plants are scattered alongside the path. As visitors walk forward, towards the mountains, they pass the four unique monuments, each dedicated to a different military era. The path guides them through the memories of Pre-World Wars and WWI & WWII, then the Korean War, Vietnam, and finally the Post-Vietnam & Gulf War Era.
The Memorial is showcased outside the Frank B. Wise Plaza near Fort Washakie - an easily accessible, highly visible location.