ALABAMA

Resting just a stones throw away from the USS Alabama and Calamity Jane, a B-52 which was used on numerous missions during the war in Vietnam you will find the Lower Alabama Vietnam Memorial. A monument of remembrance for those from Alabama whom never came home from the south east asian republic. Dedicated on the 7th day of November, 1998 this site contains a Huey guarding two black granite walls, one wall holds the names of the deceased and missing from the entire state of Alabama and a second which contains the fallen from local communities of Mobile and Baldwin counties. In between these walls stands a bronze figure. A depiction of a Vietnam veteran with dog tag in hand, searching the engraved wall for his brothers. Just to the north you’ll find the POW/MIA Bracelet sculpture, an ode to this missing or captive. Besides the Vietnam Memorial, the USS Alabama Memorial Park also houses numerous aircraft, a sub, tanks and heavy weaponry from various eras. The Battleship itself is open for guided tours and other monuments such as the Korean war memorial, Crommelin Brother’s memorial and theWar dog memorial.

Notes – Richard Arnold sculpted the bronze statue and Dr. Barry Booth created the Bracelet. Events generally take place each Memorial day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day. The Memorial was built, designed and its funds were raised by Vietnam veterans. There is now also a brick wall commemorating the fallen as well as a new Huey which replaced the old one due to weathering.

ARKANSAS

In the shadow of the Arkansas capitol building the Arkansas Veterans Memorial’s prestigious look matches the building it sits in front of. A sloping wall white granite wall encases the black granite slabs which carry the names of the 662 casualties from Arkansas who died as result of the Vietnam war. In the center of the crescent memorial stands The Grunt. Placed here 6 months after the rest of the monument. The entire place was funded by both state and private sources. After approval in 1983 $150,000 that was granted by the government was matched by private donors and went on to create the great memorial that still stands today.

Notes: On veterans day 1987 the dedication of this memorial was attended by General Westmoreland who even marched in the parade and is said to have pushed a wheelchair stricken veteran in the parade. Large crowds gather yearly on memorial and veterans day. The original monument was built by Stephen Gartmann, The Grunt was sculpted by John Deering.

COLORADO

So many of our Vietnam vets never received a real “Welcome home” from anyone besides their own family. This was the motivation behind the birth of the Welcome Home Memorial. Jim Doody, the founder of this park wanted the veterans to get the “Welcome home” that they really deserved and earned.  The bronze sculpture was created by Richard Arnold (who also sculpted the monument in Mobile, Alabama) and depicts a mother and father welcoming there son who had just returned from a tour of duty overseas. Adjacent you’ll find the Huey memorial which contains a UH-IH Huey sitting on a fifteen foot high perch in the center of a large platform which also contains a plaques about the Vietnam Service Ribbon and a list of casualties from here in Western Slope. The outside of the platform has black granite slabs containing the names of not only casualties. Anyone who served in the armed services between 1959-1975 can order their name to be etched into the wall for a donation. More information can be found on their website which is listed in the notes section below.

Notes: Fixed to the bottom of the Huey is a motion detector, when someone walks below it speakers begin to play helicopter sound effects followed by “Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones. Events are held on Veterans day and Memorial day. The website of the Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park can be found at field-of-dreams.org

CONNECTICUT

In the natural setting of Coventry’s Veterans’ Memorial of the Green the Connecticut Vietnam Veterans Memorial provides a peaceful place to sit and reflect. The memorial is made of beautiful black granite and actually came into fruition via a very interesting story. Nearby Nathan Hale Middle School students were assigned a project in which they had to find information about the six hundred twelve soldiers whom passed away as result of the war in Vietnam. They took this information and turned it into a book named “612”. Coincidentally Jean Risley the sister of a fallen soldier who had a place in the book caught wind of the project and was inspired to make a standing memorial for the state of Connecticut. She formed the Connecticut Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee to raise funds for the project. In August of 2007 a groundbreaking ceremony was held and on Armed Services day 2008 Connecticut’s only statewide memorial was dedicated.

DELAWARE

Adjacent to the Kent County Levy Court Building the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park hosts a Vietnam war memorial with a new edition. On Memorial day 2014 a great looking Huey which actually saved a Dover man’s life in the war, was dedicated to perch high above the two engraved stone monuments call this memorial home. Inside the Huey UH-1 Iroquois there are two life like mannequins in full uniform that were placed there to give the memorial an authentic feel. This non-government funded memorial was the vision of Paul Davis and his fellow vets who wanted to honor both the fallen, missing and imprisoned soldiers as well as those who returned and were mistreated by much of the public upon arriving home. To honor these soldiers the back one stone monument which was dedicated on Veteran’s day 2009 is inscribed with the following words…

“In honor of the men and women who served during Vietnam and have returned with broken bodies, minds and spirits. May God have a special place in His heart for you.”

Notes- Events are held at the Kent Veteran’s Memorial Park on Christmas eve, veterans day and memorial day.

FLORIDA

Though Vietnam memorials are abundant in the sunshine state, one located on the pan handle seems to stand out as it is an exact half scale replica of the wall in Washington DC. Wall South, located at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Pensacola. Catching inspiration from the well famed Vietnam Memorial in DC as well as the traveling wall, Wall South stands tall honoring those lost as result of Vietnam Combat wounds, but this memorial has it’s own unique features that make it stand out from the rest. To start the 5.5 acres park sits just across the roadway from the waterfront. Unfortunately this area is prone to hurricanes and was struck hard in 2004 by hurricane Ivan destroying a Huey that was on display. On veteran’s day 2007 an AH-1JC Cobra painted to look like it would have during it’s service in Vietnam replaced the Huey during a dedication ceremony.

This park is also home to WWI and WWII memorials as well as a memorial named Homecoming which is dedicated to the children of all 20th century veterans. The black granite wall is made up of sixty-four panels and measures two hundred fifty six feet long. You can visit the parks website at veteransmemorialparkpensacola.com

ILLINOIS

Being located near the tomb of the man who abolished slavery can have it’s benefits. The Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located in the southwest corner of Oak Ridge Cemetery. That’s right, the same cemetery that holds the Tomb of the great American President Abraham Lincoln. This makes it the second most visited cemetery in the USA and made the perfect location to construct a fifty-eight foot wide granite memorial to honor the 2970 armed forces service members who lost their lives in the Vietnam conflict. The memorial consists of five triangular black granite walls, one for each of the five branches of the american military. towards the center five grey granite slabs contain the insignias of the different branches and the names of the men of each branch whom died as a result of the war. The eternal flame in the center has been burning strong since the memorials dedication on May 7 1988 and will continue to stay true into the distant years of the future.

Notes: On the first full weekend of May there is a 24 hour vigil/standing guard at the memorial. The designer of the memorial Jerome Lager was only 20 years old when he concerted the piece. Funds for the memorial came from both private and public, corporate and individual sources.

“To those who died in Honor and eternal rest, to those still in bondage remembrance and hope, and to those who returned gratitude and peace.”

INDIANA

The most graphic and intense of all memorials we have seen throughout the country is the Vietnam memorial at the Community Veterans Memorial in Munster, Indiana. The memorial consists of seven symbols set in a setting that resembles a wore-torn location and rice paddy. Sitting in the rice paddy is a UH-1 positioned if about to make touchdown or just taking off. Nearby is a large granite map of Vietnam containing images of things relevant to the war. Three M-16’s standing on a pile of bricks sprout flowers from their barrels, symbolizing hope for peace. On a nearby wall sculpture of a nurse giving aid to a wounded soldier amongst banana leaves. There is also other medics and a airlift helicopter taking off. The largest of the group is a Buddhist temple ruin that really sets the mood and adds to the feel of the location. The green beret  seems to be creeping along a wall, ducking low as he moves along carefully with his M79 and .45 caliber. The last is a fallen soldier, missing his legs and laying on red stone which symbolizes blood. As we said this is by far the most intense and detailed memorial we have seen, immensely thought out in it’s design and possibly tough on sensitive eyes and souls.

Note: The Vietnam Memorial was created by Julie Rotblatt-Amrany. The park consists of 6.5 acres of memorials for all of the major wars. All of the memorials are very impressive.  Visit their website at www.communityveteransmemorial.org

IOWA

A Monument Established By The Citizens Of Iowa To Honor Iowans Who Served During the Vietnam War These Absent Friends Will Never Be Forgotten

1118 E Court Ave, Des Moines IA 50319

A Reflection of Hope rests in front of Iowa’s Supreme Court building as a remembrance of all who served and lost their lives in the Republic of Vietnam all of those decades before. The curved monument holds the names of the 867 Iowans who didn’t return from the battle with their lives. Made from black granite similar to that of the Washington DC memorial this monument’s polished reflection shines in the afternoon sun to reflect hope on those who deal with lost loved ones. The back of the memorial holds emblems of the five branches of the military as well as a field cross honoring those lost on the battlefield. After the original dedication in 1984 the monument was re-dedicated on May 7th 2015 after the addition of a soldier who died in 1975 but was not included on the wall. More changes will be coming to this site. Sometime in 2016 a plaque honoring all of those who are still dealing with physical and mental health issues from their service such as PTSD and Agent Orange will be placed on the grounds.

Notes: The memorial was designed by Tim Salisbury, Mary Jane Fisher and Sam Grabarski. Events are held every May 7th for Vietnam Veteran’s Recognition Day. A fellow named Bubba Sorenson is traveling around Iowa with the intent of painting a large Boulder in every Iowan county with pictures to honor Vietnam Veterans. As of 2015 he is almost halfway finished.

KANSAS

Heritage Park, W 6th St & Washington St, Junction City, KS 66441

Situated on the east side of Heritage Park the Kansas Vietnam Memorial is a well kept, black granite beauty honoring the soldiers of Kansas whom were killed or remain missing in action as a result of the war in the Republic of Vietnam. Spanning forty six feet pond and thirteen feet high the black granite slabs are lit 24/7 and maintained well as this monument is the official Kansas State Vietnam Memorial. It was declared with this honor by Kansas government officials in May of 1991. In the center, two soldiers stand on either side of the purple heart medal, Vietnam campaign medal and list of the missing in action.  The back of the memorial like many others, honors the five branches of the armed services. Each with their respected seals.

“History will remember the war. Will America remember her men?”

Notes: The historic Fort Riley is just 15 minutes away. Fort Riley dates back to 1853 and saw many soldiers come and go during the war in Vietnam, notably from the 1st Infantry Division and the 9th Infantry Division. This memorial was created by Dan Babcock at Wilbert Memorials which is formally known as Bruce Memorials. Heritage Park is also home to a Purple Heart Memorial, POW/MIA Memorial, 1st Infantry Memorial and the Civil War Arch. Heritage Park is also a stop for the annual Run for the Wall cross country motorcycle ride which takes place a week before memorial day each year.

KENTUCKY

Designed by Helm Roberts this vvm uses the sun to give each soldier his own memorial day on the date of his death.

at 11:11 nov 11 sundial points to the phrase Great love hath no man than this – that a man lay down his life for his friends

design has won numerous awards

kentucky state capitol building in distance across kentucky river.

opened vets day 88

24/365 open

kentuckyvietnammemorial.net

1103 , hours of the day represent years of the war,

was able to plot the path with IBM computer

sundial is over 14 fewer tall

floor names engraved in granite 327 panels

one of the most visited landmarks in ky

MAINE

The Vietnam Memorial at the Galen Cole Land Transportation Museum, is lesser known than it’s counterpart in Augusta, but contains multiple exhibits making it stand out in it’s own unique way. The Huey is a familiar theme to many memorials around the country, nearby stands the beautiful granite wall which contains the names of 339 warriors from Maine who lost their lives in the Vietnam war. Then there is the three person bronze statue, a depiction of a wounded soldier being helped along by a nurse and fellow serviceman. The figure on the lefthand side of the sculpture was modeled after Eric Wardell who was a boyhood friend of a Cole family member who died during combat in 1967. Boldly off to the side, the strength of the M60A1 tank is apparent.

Notes: The inside of the museum is open 9 to 5 May 1st to November 11th but the outdoor Vietnam portion of the memorial is available for visit 24/7 all year round. Events are held on Veterans day and Memorial day.

MASSACHUSETTS

Tucked into the town of Worcester, the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A great tribute this memorial includes walking paths, a pond and a serene, quiet location far from the highways sounds that are found in other parts of Worcester. The Memorial is divided into three parts which are referred to as “places”. Closest to the parking area the Place of Words consists of stone columns, flat cut on some sides and left raw and natural on others. These columns hold letters sent home from soldiers who traveled from Massachusetts to Vietnam, never to return.The Place of flags is where three flags on three poles containing the American flag, POW/MIA flag and the flag of Massachusetts fly overhead. During ceremonies the five flags of the military branches are placed on the wooden arbor. After a short stroll around the pond you will encounter the Place of Names, where the names of all of those from Massachusetts who passed away from wounds inflicted as result of the war in Vietnam.

  This year is no different. Just because it’s become our turn to

bear the burden of winning peace, do not feel that all is lost

or even feel discouraged.

Notes: This site also boasts a War Dog Monument, honoring the over 4000 dogs who served in Vietnam. Visit the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial’s website at massvmm.org  In all thirteen letters home appear on the stones at the Place of Words.

MONTANA

In the beautifully kept Rose Park in Missoula, on of the stronger and more impactful Vietnam Veteran’s Memorials. The bronze Warrior Angle depicts an angel carry the soul of a dead soldier up to heaven. The design was one of two finalists and got the nod when members of the committee felt that it must have been an angel that got them out of some of the situations they encountered while fighting in Vietnam. Veterans were behind the project the whole way from the planning and design of the grounds to the financial backing. Three hundred sixteen men died of the over 36,000 Montanians who served in Vietnam. Their names are engraved on seven tablets at this site which was dedicated on Veterans Day 1988. Eleven years later it was named Montana’s official State Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial.

Notes: In 2013 Rose park celebrated the 25th anniversary of the memorial with a large gathering including many of the very same who contributed to the building of the project all those years before. Events are plentiful and are generally held on armed forces, flag, independence, labor and veteran’s day.

NEVADA

In the hot desert state of Nevada, the capitol Carson City is a far cry from the bright lights of Las Vegas. This famous SAY SOMETHING ABOUT CARSON CITY is also home to Nevada’s State Vietnam Memorial located in Mills Park. The original memorial dedicated in 1992 still remains today. It is the flag pole and plaque at the center, but the surrounding stone and bronze have a far different origin. When some changes were planned to be made at Mills Park the parks department suggested moving the memorial so that it may be expanded upon. But local VVA member, former Marine and prison warden Terry Hubert got involved and offered rejected sandstone from his prison, where inmates also quarry and work on the material. Hubert got local VVA chapter 388 to finance the project and incarcerated VVA chapters 545 and 719 involved in the construction end. On Veteran’s Day 2002 the 151 men from Nevada whom lost their lives in the Vietnam conflict were honored with a brand new memorial.

Notes: In 2012 the park was refurbished by none other then Hubert’s chapter 388. The sandstone bench at the memorial honors the women lost in the war. It was placed in 2004 and constructed by incarcerated chapter 545.

NEW JERSEY

Conveniently located less than a minute off of the Garden State Parkway the New Jersey Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial is a must see stop if you are making a trip to visit memorials. Both a memorial and a museum this location welcomes over 12,000 visitors every year including school trips and large events. Inside the museum you’ll find great exhibits such as the two concurring timelines documenting the activities that were going on in both Vietnam and the USA during the time of war. There is also a nice collection of photos and letters home that were donated by veterans and even touch screens so the younger generations can learn about the past in a modern format. In front of the museum you can’t help see the 1964 Huey which is equipped with large speakers to make a realistic experience as well as functioning lights and to mannequins inside. This Huey was used in many combat missions during the two tours it served in Vietnam.  The memorial itself is a two hundred foot diameter open are pavilion surrounded by 366 black granite panels each coinciding with a day of the year. The names of the New Jerseyians who died on that day are engraved in each panel. In the center of the pavilion stand larger than life statues honoring those lost in the war, female nurses who served and those soldiers who came home. The statue is a a seemingly mortally wounded soldier reaching out to his fellow warrior as a nurse tends to him. The look in the wounded soldiers eyes is quite impactful.

Notes:  This memorial was designed by Hien Nguyen, a south Vietnamese refugee. The red oak in the center is the state tree and symbolizes those from the Garden State who served in the armed forces. The  entire site is over five acres and totally wheelchair accessible.

NEW YORK

Away from the hustle and bustle of New York City the Westchester Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial at Lasdon Park in Westchester County is a nice memorial in a natural and tranquil setting. Upon entering the park you will notice the wooded scene. The Trail of Honor curves down the path from the parking lot, this is where you will find most of the memorials. Twelve busts line the path, ranging from the war of 1812 up to the war in Iraq and obviously containing a Vietnam war era bust. As you begin to head up the hill and turn left you will reach a clearing where the main Vietnam Memorial is located. A seven foot high statue of a soldier carrying his wounded comrade as a nurse is running towards them to assist in the care of the wonder man. Nearby is an obelisk which has the names of the two hundred seventeen soldiers from Westchester County who died in the Vietnam conflict. Lastly is a small granite stone inscribed with the name of eight nurses who died from their wounds.

Notes: On the other side of the parking to there is another entrance. Through here you will find some paths that lead to a few buildings, one of them being the Veteran’s Museum. Exhibits change seasonally, it is a great little stop. Visit Lasdon Park’s website at lasdonpark.org

OHIO

In northeastern Ohio, nearby a city more know for it’s football museum the village of Clinton has become well known for something more honorable. The impressive Vietnam veteran memorials at the Ohio Veterans Memorial Park who’s dedication in 2009 was attended by over 7000 people. The words “Lest we Forget” can be seen shining in gold from the time you begin making your way towards the wall. The idea was of Dan Delarosa who wanted something to memorialize his late brother who died in Vietnam. From their volunteers held fundraisers and accepted donations until the park was ready for construction. Upon entering and passing the granite “welcome” sign you see the Cobra helicopter perched behind the wall next to a two deuce and a half ton truck. Though impressive this part of the monument is not finished. As of late 2015 the park has a Huey on order and is looking to bring in a tank. The wall 125 foot long granite wall contains the names of the 3094 men and one woman who died as result of the conflict in Vietnam. Another new addition is the POW/MIA reflection pond, a fieldcross stands in front of the beautifully manicured waterfall setting.

Notes: Their are constantly events going on here, log onto the parks website at ovmp.org for more info and a schedule of events. Vets and their families can purchase their own piece of the memorial, the benches, tiles, upright memorials etc are all available for customization. This began as a Vietnam Memorial but no has others such as middle east, WWII, friendly fire and purple heart memorials.

PENNSYLVANIA

At pens landing, waterfront area.

competition tfor design, won by Perry Morgan

contains names of philadelfians not pennsylvanians

Vandalism has been bad over the years, so they expanded and made it more open to deter criminals

rededicated may 2015 after 7 year makeover,

duty to remember fundraiser to repair weathered and damaged parts of the memorial.

well lit at night

Wall of scenes with 10 granite slabs etched with familiar scenes from the war.

wall of names has names of phil a killed

VERMONT

A very special highway rest area was almost closed for good  in the 90’s but survived with good reason. The Sharon rest area on Hwy I-89 is home to the Vermont Vietnam Veterans Memorial, placed October 30th, 1982 making it the oldest state memorial in the country. Unknown to some of the politicians who moved for it’s closure, the site contains a granite memorial inscribed with the names of the 138 of Vermont who died in the Republic of Vietnam during the war. Veterans groups and individuals wrote countless letters to government officials lobbying for the rest stop and memorial to remain open. The politicians obliged and in the year 2000 the memorial got even better news, the rest stop was turned into a veteran themed welcome center. Although it to over three years to begin breaking ground the welcome center includes a shop, and glass greenhouse-like structure which contains an interior garden and plaques honoring POW/MIA’s and Vietnam Veterans alike. The 138 casualties were also symbolized by the fact that the rest area in which the memorial calls home is near the 138 mile marker on Hwy I-89.

Notes: There has been an all night vigil every memorial day since the memorial was placed.

WISCONSIN

four bronze statues built in fragments (none is complete) holding each other up. one figure a woman, under her arm hang wind chimes that contain the names of the kiss of wisconson, they all chime together as the wind blows.

design requirements was to not resemble tombstone and have all names

on the side there is a native american burial mound with an m-16 turned upside down, missing trigger assembly and an orange glass shard embedded in it which symbolizes the continuing issue which is Agent Orange.

first memorial to include a woman in it’s statue

no ongoing state or federal funding, maintained by volunteers. open 24.7

large park of 148 acres

20 other memorials here including native america vietnam veterans memorial which consists of  a native american on a red granite base. he is holding a rifle in one hand and eagle feather staff in the other., all information of these red is included on the bottom