Magazine article VFW Magazine

States Memorialize Their VIETNAM WAR DEAD

Magazine article VFW Magazine

States Memorialize Their VIETNAM WAR DEAD

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This is the seventh installment in the continuing series on state Vietnam War memorials. These states honor their residents killed in the war with public memorials that contain names.

If your state is among those without a distinct Vietnam memorial, erecting one would be the ideal project for your VFW Department.


Location: Pierre, State Capitol grounds

Description: A granite wall with the names of the 187 residents killed in the Vietnam War. In front is the "Eternal Flaming Fountain," fueled by natural gas. A narrow waterway leads to a small pool.

Dedication: May 30, 1989

Commissioned and Maintained by: South Dakota Bureau of Administration. Note: A new Vietnam memorial, funded by the state, is tentatively set for dedication in September 2006. The new memorial will include a statue of a soldier (inset) and a granite wall listing the South Dakotans killed during the war.


Location: Nashville, War Memorial Plaza

Description: Vietnam Veterans Park was dedicated on the Plaza on Veterans Day 1985. A black granite wall engraved with the names of the 1,289 Tennesseans killed in the war. A plaque honors the nearly 50,000 Tennesseans who served. Three bronze statues of soldiers stand near the wall (inset), representing the state's three regions.

Dedication: May 26, 1986

Commissioned and Maintained by: Created by the former Tennessee Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program, led by a local board of 41 prominent vets who raised the $250,000. The state set aside the land and maintains.


Location: Dallas, Fair Park

Description: Four red granite walls running parallel to each other with the 3,271 names of Texans killed in the Vietnam War. A fifth wall has the names of 156 Texans originally listed as missing in action. An aluminum trellis hangs over the walls and a waterfall flows next to the walls. Approximately 2 acres of landscaped grounds surround the memorial. Volunteers with Friends of the Texas State Vietnam Memorial assist visitors in finding names during the annual state fair and on Memorial and Veterans Day.

Dedication: Nov. 11,1989- President George H. W. Bush, who served on the board of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, dedicated the memorial. This was the only state Vietnam memorial dedication to be attended by a U. …

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