Michigan Vietnam Veteran's Memorial
Located between Ottowa and Allegan streets, just east of the Hall of Justice, the Michigan Vietnam Veterans Memorial is inside the Michigan Veterans’ Memorial Park. It serves to recognize Michigan residents who served and died during the Vietnam War. The names are listed by county on lighted plaques made of brushed steel.
Backstory and Context
The surrounding park is open to the public and various private events with permission. The park and memorial were established in 1988. It was designed by architect Alan Gordon. It is an arc-shaped steel wall that is 120 feet long and 10 feet high. A steel tension cable keeps the monument suspended three feet above the ground.
A plaque on the monument describes its purpose, and a book with the engraved names is located nearby.
Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website, accessed March 14, 2017. http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/0,4569,7-126-2362_8490---,00.html
Michigan Courts website, accessed March 14, 2017. http://courts.mi.gov/education/learning-center/Documents/VietnamMonument.pdf