Concepts and Design

Preliminary plans for the Vietnam War Memorial on the Oregon State Capitol Grounds are shown on this page.  Our Steering Committee meets regularly to review concepts and designs for the various elements of the memorial.  The elements and their attributes are represented by the stations listed below.

1. Memorial Monument **
The Memorial Stone will include names of all Oregonians who died in Vietnam listed by Home of Record.  The memorial stone will also include a salute to all Branches of the Military.

2. Double Gold Star Family Station (Brothers Benches) **
Four Benches honoring the Oregon Vietnam Double Gold Star Families who lost two Sons in Vietnam: Rowden,Wright, Evans and Johnson.

3. MIA - POW Station **
One side discusses Missing In Action and the other Prisoners Of War This monument will list the Oregonian MIA’s and POW’s.

4. Nurses Station **
A statue or sculpture of a Nurse attending to the wounded.

5. Contaminating Agents and Infectious Exposures Station
A two sided vertical stone slab - 3 ft. wide x 8 ft. tall.  One side discusses the Agent Orange issue and other Infecting Agents experienced by Vietnam Veterans; The other side will honor all who came home and died from these exposures.

6. Honor Station – Water Feature
A statue or sculpture of a Vietnam Warrior coupled with a bio-swale which could grow Vietnam native grasses/vegetation (Low maintenance design).

7. Welcome Home Station – Returning Home **
A statue or sculpture depicting the struggles of the returning warriors.

8. Meeting & Gathering Station
A 20 ft. x 20 ft. area for gatherings and discussions. This is to be an area conducive to Vietnam Veterans sharing their experiences. Plans will include electrical outlets for a Public Address system.

9. Persian Gulf War Memorial **
Stone Listing the six Oregonians who died in the Persian Gulf War.

10. Gold Star Families Memorial Monument **
A 21 ft. circle designed and installed by Hershel “Woody” Williams Foundation.

11. Purple Heart State Plaque **
A 2 ft. wide by 4 ft. deep monument stone bearing a plaque honoring all Purple Heart Recipients from Oregon.

12. Virtual Vietnam War History and Memorial Interpretation
In The Cloud Videos available on cell phones as visitors tour the Memorial.

** Denotes that design is completed

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