World War II Memorial Gardens & Wall, Richmond Memorial Hospital Foundation
Backstory and Context
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 Memorial
Regional Medical Center
Memorial Gardens & WWII
Made possible by a grant from the
Richmond Memorial Hospital Foundation
May 16, 1988
Dedicated to the Glory of God
and in loving memory of
our sons and daughter
who gave their lives
in the cause of freedom
during 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.