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  • Monument Name

    Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, Raleigh

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    Vietnam War

  • Creator

    Johnpaul Harris, Sculptor

    Abbe Godwin, Designer

  • City

    Raleigh

  • County

    Wake

  • Description

    The memorial, which stands 6'3" tall, contains three bronze soldiers clad in uniform and holding their rifles close. Two of the figures carry their injured comrade to a landing zone to receive medical attention; the soldiers eye the sky, watching for an evacuation helicopter.

    Images: Plaque near the memorial | Plaque on bench

  • Inscription

    Plaque near the memorial: NORTH CAROLINA VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL / DEDICATED TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF NORTH CAROLINA / WHO SERVED WITH DIGNITY AND HONOR IN THE VIETNAM WAR / DEDICATED ON MAY 23, 1987

    Plaque on bench near memorial: TO HONOR / GENERAL ALFRED M. GRAY / UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS / WHO DEDICATED THIS / VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL / ON / MAY 23, 1987 / AND / MAY 26, 2007 / NORTH CAROLINA VIETNAM VETERANS, INC.

  • Custodian

    City of Raleigh

  • Dedication Date

    May 23, 1987 and May 26, 2007

  • Decade

    1980s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.780630 , -78.638510 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "1st--Davidson, 2nd--Nash Arches, Guilford Battle Ground, Greensboro, N.C.," in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, (accessed March 13, 2012) Link

      "The Tar Heel State Honors its Vietnam Veterans," VVA.org, (accessed June 25, 2012) Link

      "Vietnam Veterans Memorial," Flickr, (accessed June 25, 2012) Link

      Leepson, Marc. "The Tar Heel State Honors Its Vietnam Veterans," The VVA Veteran, June 2001/July 2001, (accessed January 21, 2014) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze statues, Stone base

  • Sponsors

    North Carolina Vietnam Veterans, Inc. The funds to construct the monument were privately raised.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The monument was dedicated during the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Salute on May 23, 1987.

  • Nickname

    "After the Firefight"

  • Subject Notes

    The memorial honors the North Carolina men and women who fought during the Vietnam War. The memorial is the first sculpture on the Capitol grounds by a female and also the first to include an African American.

  • Location

    The monument is near the "Presidents North Carolina Gave the Nation" monument and is located near the intersection of East Edenton Street and North Wilmington Street.

  • Landscape

    The memorial is located on top of a rocky platform on a semi-grassy, semi-concrete spot with a pathway leading to the monument. Near the pathway is located a grassy plain and several medium-sized trees.

  • Post Dedication Use

    The North Carolina Vietnam Veterans organization honors the POW/MIA victims of the Vietnam War monthly on the first Saturday around noon. On Christmas, the Veterans hold a candlelight service.

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