The Fund for a Vietnam Memorial on the Oregon State Capitol, as we are “officially” called is a group of Oregonians committed to establishing a permanent memorial on our state capitol’s grounds to honor military & families who participated in the Vietnam War and help bring peace to the suffering endured by those who were rejected when they returned home. A tumultuous period, the Vietnam War was a historical era of controversy in American history and the longest war in recorded history.
Spanning two decades, the United States had over 500,000 Military personnel on the ground in Vietnam by 1969.
⦿ 2.7 million Americans served during the Vietnam War
⦿ 58,318 Americans died in the Vietnam War
⦿ 710 Oregonians were Killed in Action
⦿ 4 Oregon families lost two sons in the Vietnam War
⦿ November 1955 – May 1975 is the length of the Vietnam War
Most of the Vietnam warriors who made it back to the United States never received a proper welcome home, and many returning warriors were spit upon, ridiculed, and attacked for honoring the call of their nation. The painful scars from their return haven’t faded from their memories and it’s time for us to give thanks to the men and women who served our country and underwent criticism for dutifully serving our nation. Due to these atrocities, we are compelled to honor all who served during the Vietnam Era, especially those who served in Vietnam, and memorialize those who gave their lives.
Made of black granite columns honoring the names of all Oregonians who died in Vietnam as listed by their home of record. It will also salute all the branches of our military.
Four benches will be placed within the memorial to honor the Oregon Vietnam Double Gold Star families that lost two sons in the war: the Rowden, Wright, Evans and Johnson families.
These exhibits are located at #3 on the map, these stations will honor all Missing in Action (MIA) and Prisoners of War (POW) from all conflicts.
Created by Rip Caswell, this statue depicts a nurse tending to a wounded soldier.
A swale using natural irrigation will feature vegetation similar to native grasses and vegetation in Vietnam.
Created by Oregon artist, Libby Carruth, this statue portrays the struggles of returning Vietnam warriors.
Located near the vegetation and water feature, this will be used for gatherings and events and will be supplied with electricity.
A stone honoring the six Oregonians who died in Operation Desert Storm.
A memorial plaque will honor the 6,000+ Oregon Gold Star families.
A display to honor all of Oregon’s Purple Heart recipients.
In addition to displays and plaques, an “in the cloud” system will be available for visitors to enhance their visit by using their phone to better understand this piece of history.