In 1957, civic leaders and dedicated this memorial and garden in honor of Richmond, Chesterfield, and Henrico residents who served in the military during World War II.
The Richmond Memorial Hospital, opened in 1957, had a marble
Roll of Honor with the names of the deceased in the chapel. However, in 1987,
as the hospital relocated and changed its name—it is currently known as Bon
Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center—the Memorial Gardens were created, and
the Roll of Honor was placed there.
The inscription on the memorial’s marker reads:
Bon Secours MemorialRegional Medical CenterMemorial Gardens & WWIIMemorial WallMade possible by a grant from theRichmond Memorial Hospital FoundationMay 16, 1988Dedicated to the Glory of Godand in loving memory ofour sons and daughterwho gave their livesin the cause of freedomduring World War II.
The memorial does not only celebrate the fallen in battle in
World War II, but also two smaller memorials were placed in the garden to
commemorate the those who gave their lives in the Korean War (1950-1953) and
the Vietnam War (1955-1975).
Over 400,000 American soldiers were killed and other 670,000 received non-fatal injuries in the battlefield during World War II. In response, Richmond leaders believed it a fitting tribute to dedicate this hospital to their memory.