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Onslow County's Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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By Ginny Moorehead

In 1998 a handful of veterans & supporters in Jacksonville, NC decided it was time to build a proper tribute to those brave heroes, who sacrificed so much for their country Originally sketched on the side of a napkin nearly a decade ago, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is now a reality.

 

Designed by Smith Sinnett Architecture in Raleigh, NC and built by Pro Construction in Jacksonville, NC, the memorial, is a physical representation of the sacrifice of all the troops that served with honor, courage and commitment.

With continued funds and support from the Onslow County community, including Camp Lejeune’s service members and their families, the memorial once complete, will commemorate our heroes and ensure their actions will never be forgotten.

The first phase of the memorial is completed, while the second and final phase is scheduled to include a few more projects before the memorial is deemed complete. After phase II, visitors will be able to access the nearby 9/11 Memorial from the Vietnam Memorial on a path to lead from the parking lot. The finishing touches for the memorial will be a dome above the reflecting pool and the construction of a nearby visitor’s center.

 

The Vietnam War was the longest in our nation's history. Nine million men & women served in the armed forces during the Vietnam years, three million of them in the Vietnam theater. Out of the three million who were sent to Vietnam, over three hundred thousand returned home wounded (seventy five thousand of them permanently disabled) and over fifty-eight thousand three hundred died.

The Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation is a "grassroots", all volunteer organization with the sole purpose of bringing this project to fruition.  Over the last ten years the design has changed, but their conviction has remained steadfast. The land has been acquired from Camp LeJeune & the Phase One of the project is nearly complete.  The project is nestled in the tall pines of Lejeune Memorial Gardens, near the Beirut Memorial, the 9-11 tribute & the NC Veterans Cemetery (at the corner of Hwy 24 & Montford Point Road).  With help from many fundraising projects & supporters (including the city of Jacksonville & Onslow County) nearly a third of the 4.5 million dollar project has been raised.  Dedication of the first phase (which includes the walls) was held June 13th, 2009. The Memorial is free & open to the public. We ask that you help spread a heartfelt invitation to visit the project to everyone who served during the Vietnam era or whose lives were affected by it.

The final design consists of a reflecting pool/fountain covered by a gazebo and surrounded by over 3700 square feet of glass etched with the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  This is one of only a few Vietnam Memorials in the country to include all 58,300+ names.       

 

 

 

Important Points

- Built with private funds, raised through events sponsored by the Onslow County Vietnam Veterans Association

- Smith Sinnett Architecture donated all of their related time and resources to this project 

- Pro Construction provided their services at a reduced rate

- Jackson Landscaping and Lawn Care, which provided Landscaping services, did not charge for their labor   
- This memorial is the most accurate and comprehensive in existence

- Includes 3720 square feet of etched with the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.

- The Memorial is free and open to the public

 

Measurements

185 diameter

3270 square feet of glass

501 linear feet of glass

124 panels (each side is 62 panels)

Each panel is 7 ½ feet tall and 4 feet wide, and includes 30 square feet of glass

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