Vietnam Veterans Memorials & Monuments Around The World
NY Vietnam Memorial
Veterans Memorial Culpeper, Virginia
Kentucky Vietnam Memorial
The design concept is in the form of a large sundial. The stainless steel gnomon casts its shadow upon a granite plaza. There are 1,100 names of Kentuckians on the memorial, including 23 missing in action. Each name is engraved into the plaza, and placed so that the tip of the shadow touches his name on the anniversary of his death, thus giving each fallen veteran a personal Memorial Day. The location of each name is fixed mathematically by the date of casualty, the geographic location of the memorial, the height of the gnomon and the physics of solar movement. The stones were then designed and cut to avoid dividing any individual name. The resulting radial-concentric joint pattern suggests a "web", symbolic of the entangling nature of this war.
South Dakota Vietnam Memorial
Canby, Oregon Vietnam Memorial
Boston Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Washington State Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The beautiful and symbolic Vietnam Veterans Memorial was unveiled in a patriotic ceremony on Memorial Day, May 25, 1987. The memorial is located on a grassy knoll east of the state Insurance Building on the Capitol Campus and is near the Winged Victory Monument. The site provides visitors with a tranquil spot to reflect on the memories of those men and women that never returned from the Vietnam conflict.
The original memorial, dedicated in 1982, contained the names of those veterans killed or missing in action on a scroll encased in granite. Veterans felt that the names of those who had given their lives in the conflict should be more prominently displayed, and decided to have a more fitting sculpture designed and constructed. The $178,000 needed to construct the new memorial was raised through private contributions and corporate donations.
The memorial was designed by Kris Snider, architect with EDAW, Inc. of Seattle. It is a semicircular wall that stretches partially around a 45-foot base on a rolling course, seven feet tall at the apex, one foot at its lowest point. The top of the wall represents the highs and lows of the life of the nation until it is interrupted by a jagged line in the outline of Vietnam, symbolizing the break in the circle of life caused by the conflict. Sixteen green granite slabs make up the wall and are positioned so that they are accessible to all who come to reflect and remember. The wall is engraved with the names of the more than 1,000 men and women from Washington State who never returned home, and are listed in chronological order from 1963 to 1975, the order in which those veterans gave their lives. A small cross has been engraved next to the names of those who remain missing in action.
Since its dedication, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been the site of many private reflections and tributes. Items such as flags, flowers, letters and personal effects have been left to honor the memory of those who did not return. All items are collected and placed in the state archives.
Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Long Beach Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Edgewood Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Big Spring, Texas
John A. Barnes Memorial, Dedham, MA
Cleveland Veterans Memorial
Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial
NY State Vietnam Veterans' Memorials
Weymouth Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Veterans Memorials; Hadley, New York
This photograph, taken in August 1994, shows the second of two curved brick walls in a small grassy expanse in Hadley, New York. The first structure honors veterans of the World Wars, and this one is dedicated to those who served in Korea and Vietnam.
The polished black inlay bears the inscription: "Dedicated to all those who served for God and country." At left, the Korean War is represented by a map of Korea and a small graphic of an era serviceman; at right the Vietnam War is portrayed by the engraved reproduction of the Three Servicemen statue which stands on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Rensselaer County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Click Here
On the east bank of the Hudson River, in the City of Troy, New York, stands one of America's finest tributes to the men and women who fought, and died in the Vietnam War. The Rensselaer County Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, dedicated in 1991, after nearly five years of private planning and fund raising activities, stands in Troy's Riverfront Park, just a stones throw from the statue of Troy's American icon, "Uncle Sam" Wilson.
This beautifully designed and constructed memorial consists of three main elements;
a wall, in the form of a sandbagged bunker, on which are listed the names of Rensselaer County's 45 sons who gave their lives in service to their country. Their epithaph reads; "We shall be remembered: As children we played, as men we fought, as brothers we will always be together."
a ten foot tall, bronze statue of three American combat servicemen: their uniforms, equipment, and weapons, representing all branches of service, and covering the complete timespan of the Vietnam War.
an anchor chain of forty links, taken from a U.S Navy destroyer that served in Vietnam: each link paid for by a $1,000 donation, given by a member of the "Forty Link Club", and dedicated to a particular person, place, or event in the war.
This car was built as a tribute to the 2,211 American servicemen
Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Rosedale, NY Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Memorial in Cody, Wyoming
Veterans Memorial at Kelly Air Force Base
Vietnam War Memorial in Westminster Dedication Click Here
Found this memorial in the Army Museum in Hanoi, Vietname. Its made up of leftover engines, planes, and other planes parts from the Vietnam War... Its a pretty depressing work of art... Click the Photo for Vietnam War Memorial part 2...
Kansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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The Moving Wall
The Moving Wall™ is a trademark of Vietnam Combat Veterans, Ltd. Since 1984, the traveling half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Canadian Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The North Wall Canadian Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Click Here
"The Three Soldiers" Donated By: Barbara Grandison
The Three Soldiers (also known as The Three Servicemen) is a bronze statue on the Washington, DC National Mall commemorating the Vietnam War. The grouping consists of three young men, armed and dressed appropriately for the Vietnam War era, purposely identifiable as Caucasian, African American, and Hispanic. It was designed to complement the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by adding a more traditional component. The statue, unveiled on Veterans Day, 1984, was designed by Frederick Hart, who placed third in the original design competition.
Of the memorial, the architect has suggested,
I see the wall as a kind of ocean, a sea of sacrifice that is overwhelming and nearly incomprehensible in the sweep of names. I place these figures upon the shore of that sea, gazing upon it, standing vigil before it, reflecting the human face of it, the human heart.
The portrayal of the figures is consistent with history. They wear the uniform and carry the equipment of war; they are young. The contrast between the innocence of their youth and the weapons of war underscores the poignancy of their sacrifice. There is about them the physical contact and sense of unity that bespeaks the bonds of love and sacrifice that is the nature of men at war. And yet they are each alone. Their strength and their vulnerability are both evident. Their true heroism lies in these bonds of loyalty in the face of their awareness and their vulnerability.
The statue and the Wall appear to interact with each other, with the soldiers looking on in solemn tribute at the names of their fallen comrades. Noted sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter, Hart's assistant on the project, explains the sculpture was positioned especially for that effect: "We carried a full-size mockup of the soldiers around the memorial site trying many locations until we hit upon the perfect spot. It was here that the sculpture appeared to be looking over a sea of the fallen."
There were two key controversies involving this element of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; one was the design controversy which led to the commissioning of this piece, and the other involved copyright, allegations of profiteering, and the POW-MIA issue.
Creation and installation
Negative reactions to Maya Lin's initial design for the Memorial wall standing alone were so strong that several Congressmen complained, and Secretary of the Interior James G. Watt refused to issue a building permit. Hart's sculpture was commissioned to accompany the wall as a compromise measure to appease those who wanted a more traditional approach. Lin was furious at the idea of adulteration of her design and the resulting work was designed to stand away from the memorial wall at a distance so as to minimize the impact on her design. Still, Lin refused to attend the dedication of the sculpture.
Copyright and profiteering
The design of The Three Soldiers was copyrighted by Hart and the VVMF. Reproductions were sold on many pieces of memorabilia, including t-shirts, keychains, and snowglobes. Hart donated his share of the profits to a non-profit which provides name rubbings to families of veterans.
An organization called Homecoming II, which was headed by Ted Sampley, a POW-MIA activist, received a permit to hold POW vigils on the National Mall near the memorial. This vigil outpost sold numerous pieces of merchandise bearing depictions of The Three Soldiers as well as selling and giving away literature relating to the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue. Hart saw this as profiteering by Sampley and asked him to stop. When Sampley refused, Hart asked that Sampley enter into a licensing agreement. When Sampley refused this, Hart and the VVMF threatened legal action.
Hart and the VVMF sued for infringement, winning a $359,442 judgment. During court proceedings, it was revealed that while Homecoming II was a nonprofit staffed by volunteer labor, all of their memorabilia was purchased from companies controlled by Sampley. Reported earnings for the t-shirt operation were nearly $2 million over three years. Sampley avoided paying the judgement by closing Homecoming II and Red Hawk, the company which manufactured the t-shirts.
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