Kansas Merci Boxcar & Veterans Memorial Park
Hays Veterans Memorial Park
1305 Canterbury
Hays, Kansas 67601

(785) 623-6747

There is a small museum inside the car. Please call the number above to make an appointment for a private tour. Groups up to ten can be accommodated.



Kansas Merci Boxcar

The Veterans Memorial Park was started in 1993 in preparation of the Moving Wall display. The park features many trees, flowers, park benches and a circle of flagpoles. Over the years, additional memorial items were added to the park including the Merci Boxcar.

The Kansas boxcar first arrived in Topeka in June 1949 and visited 120 communities before its last stop in Hays on November 11, 1949. A huge community celebration, parade and acceptance ceremony was held in Hays on that Veterans Day.

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