Memorials

Maya Lin Receives Gish Prize

March 16, 2015

Maya Lin---he artist, sculptor and environmental artist best known as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial---received the 21st annual $300, 000 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in November. The prestigious award recognizes architects, musicians, playwrights, directors,…

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Scruggs to Step Down at VVMF

February 26, 2015

Jan Scruggs, the former Vietnam War infantryman who spearheaded the effort to built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington---and who has headed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund for many years---has announced that he is stepping…

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The First Vietnam Veterans Memorial?

January 16, 2015

The Dogwood Vietnam Memorial was dedicated on April 20, 1966, in Charlottesville, Virginia, honoring Army Spec 4 Champ Jackson Lawson, Jr., who died in Vietnam in November 1965. The memorial, which now honors all Vietnam…

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'No Man Left Behind' Statues Unveiled at Camps Lejeune and Pendleton

November 12, 2014

Two copies of "No Man Left Behind, " a striking ten-foot-tall bronze monument created by the artist and sculptor John Phelp s, were dedicated today outside of the Wounded Warrior Battalion (East) Hope and Care…

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The New VVA Veteran–For July/August

July 19, 2014

The on-line edition of the new, July/August, issue of The VVA Veteran has just been posted . The cover story is an examination of the strange events leading up to the August 1964 Gulf of…

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The Wall: The 'Greatest' Modern American Memorial

July 9, 2014

The current issue of The New Yorker contains a long, informative article by Adam Gopnik on the new New York City 9/11 Memorial Museum. In it, Gopnik---the magazine's noted art critic---goes over the history of…

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The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden in Calif.

May 9, 2014

Back in 1988 a group of veterans in Northern California got together and founded the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden. The veterans convinced the U.S. Park Service to help them honor those who have served in…

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A 'Secret' Vietnam War Memorial

January 24, 2014

The story goes that a Vietnam veteran or veterans used a helicopter to bring in the materials to build a veterans memorial deep in the woods off of Highway 50 near Gunnison, Colorado, along the…

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Sculptor Ken Hruby’s Latest: ‘Banded Brothers’

October 23, 2013

Sculptor Ken Hruby's twenty-one years in the U.S. Army, including his tour of duty in the Vietnam War, have been a strong influence on his work.  "Hruby's work explores the tenuous relationship between soldier and…

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'Reflections' Mural in Ohio

July 19, 2013

  Michael Sekletar, an Ohio artist, is about to finish his second veteran's mural in Amherst, Ohio, west of Cleveland. His first was a depiction of the famed Joe Rosenthal flag raising at Iwo Jima…

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