Onslow County Vietnam Memorial, Jacksonville
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.
Lejeune Memorial Gardens
June 13, 2009
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Granite, glass, concrete
The Onslow Vietnam Veterans Foundation
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.
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.
The memorial is located in Lejeune Memorial Gardens. This triangle shaped park is formed with Montford Landing Road on one side, Lejeune Blvd. (Hwy. 24) on another and U.S. Highway 17 on the third side. The 9/11 World Trade Center Beam Memorial, the Beirut Memorial, and Montford Point Marine Memorial (dedicated on July 29, 2016) are located nearby in the Gardens.
The monument is located at the center of a circular plaza in a clearing surrounded by pine forest.
Lejeune Memorial Gardens have been the site of annual Patriot Day services since 2006.
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.