Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 879 in Spokane, Wash., has come out in favor of a proposal seeking to relocate the Inland Northwest Vietnam Veterans Memorial from Riverfront Park to the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The move would integrate the memorial with the rest of the city’s veterans memorials at the Spokane Arena.
When the memorial was built in 1985, most Vietnam veterans were in their 40s, chapter President John Cooper told The Spokesman-Review. Three decades later, the memorial is becoming difficult to access for those with mobility issues. The Spokane Park Board will vote on relocation this week.
The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department plans to rededicate the memorial whether or not relocation is approved. “It’s a beautiful spot all by itself,” said Leroy Eadie, director. “In 1985, maybe that was a good thing. Thirty-five years later, it’s hard to get in there and we’d like to be integrated with the rest of the vet memorials.”