The Veterans Memorial Parkway was dedicated in 1994 by the Indiana Legislature along US 231 from Hebron to St. John as a tribute to the Lake County veterans who have served our nation in times of war and peace. The inspiration for the Parkway was the establishment of the Lake County Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Stony Run County Park in 1970, marking it as the first such memorial in our country.
In 1995 the Lake County Council established the Veterans Memorial Parkway Commission (VMPC) to oversee the vision of developing a series of memorials and beautification projects along the 15-mile route. In 1998, the VMPC received a donation of two acres near Leroy, and in 2003 dedicated this property as the Lake County Korean Veterans Memorial.
In 2002, the Friends of the Veterans Memorial Parkway, Inc. was established as the not-for-profit arm of the VMPC, who serves as the official membership of the Friends. Both the VMPC and FVMP membership are all-volunteer