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  • Monument Name

    Onslow County Vietnam Memorial, Jacksonville

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    Vietnam War

  • Creator

    Smith Sinnett Architecture, Architect

    Pro Construction, Builder

  • City

    Jacksonville

  • County

    Onslow

  • Description

    This war memorial honors the sacrifice of service members from all five branches of the U.S. military in the Vietnam War. An impressive installation, it is composed of a central circular reflecting pool with fountains surrounded by a circular formation of tall cylindrical pillars. A circular garden area with a paved walkway surrounds the central fountain feature and the entire structure is encompassed by a glass wall where the names of the 58,229 fallen are etched. The glass wall is comprised of approximately 3,700 square feet of glass.

  • Custodian

    Lejeune Memorial Gardens

  • Dedication Date

    June 13, 2009

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.747800 , -77.414750 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

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

      Moorehead, Ginny. "Onslow County's Vietnam Veterans Memorial," WNCT9, June 21, 2010, (accessed October 18, 2013) Link

      Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation, (accessed January 15, 2014) Link

      Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation. "Dedication Ceremony," (accessed October 18, 2013) Link

      Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation. "New Construction Gallery," (accessed January 15, 2014) Link

      WITN. "Onslow Vietnam Memorial Opens to Public," Headlines, June 13, 2009, (accessed October 18, 2013) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, glass, concrete

  • Sponsors

    The Onslow Vietnam Veterans Foundation

  • Monument Cost

    $4,500,000

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The dedication of the completion of the first phase of the memorial occurred on June 13, 2009. The glass wall was unveiled, and the ceremony included a color guard leading a procession.

  • Subject Notes

    This Vietnam memorial is one of the few in the country that list the names of all 58,229 women and men who died in the war. It also honors the wounded, prisoners of war, and those missing in action whose location remains unknown.

  • Location

    The entire site sits within a triangular area bounded by Lejeune Boulevard, Montford Landing Road, and Highway 17.

  • Landscape

    The monument is located at the center of a circular plaza in a clearing surrounded by pine forest. The 9/11 World Trade Center Beam Memorial and the Beirut Memorial are located nearby in the Gardens.

  • Approval Process

    The Onslow County Vietnam Veterans Foundation, a grassroots endeavor begun by a group of veterans and other supporters, began in 1998 with the mission to develop a Vietnam memorial. The land was donated by Camp Lejeune. Fundraising efforts included an annual motorcyle run and rally. The entire plan would proceed in phases, as funds were raised, with the final design including a covered canopy over the reflecting pool and fountain, overlay of the concrete walkways with granite, lighting and flag poles, and a welcome center.

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