Vietnam Veterans Memorial ..
Also known as: Wabash Plaza
Construction completed: 2005
Designed by: Ross Barney and Jankowski Architects
Location: Wacker Drive at Wabash, The Loop 60601, Chicago.
The memorial is dedicated to all veterans of the armed forces who served in Vietnam. It replaces the former memorial and reflecting pool located on Wacker Drive that had been dedicated by Mayor Jane M. Byrne on Nov 11, 1982. The inscribed stones from the Memorial have been incorporated in the plaza and a plaque from the Vietnamese Community of Illinois faces the original memorial location.
The engraved service emblems recognize the branches of armed forces, which served in Vietnam. Logos of the support agencies that aided the troops, so far from home, show appreciation for their commitment to the members of the armed forces.
Veterans from the State of Illinois who were killed in action are honored on the Name Wall chronologically, by year. so that we may never forget their ultimate sacrifice, while serving in Vietnam. In honor of their families who mourn them, their date of death were used. Pow-Mia's are indicated with A+ and listed by the date they became missing. The time line in front of the Name Wall reflect historic events as well as significant battles during the Vietnam War.
The sculpture of the Vietnam Service medal in the waterfall commemorate Vietnam Veterans who served their country and the people of South Vietnam. It was designed by artist Gary Tillery, a Vietnam Veteran.
Special appreciation is extended to the City of Chicago Commissioner on Human Relations Advisory Council on Veteran Affairs for their participation in the design of this memorial and their continued commitment and dedication to the public service and the Veteran Community of the City of Chicago..
November 11, 2005
City of Chicago
Richard M Daley, Mayor
Chicago Department of Transportation..
The service emblems recognize the branches of US military which served in Vietnam..
US Army, US Navy, Navy Marine Corps, US Air Force, Coast Guard, Strength in Reserve, National Guard Bureau, US Merchant Marine..
United States Coast Guard
Chicago Vietnam Veterans Memorial Reflection Pool
In remembrence and gratitude to those who fought, dies for freedom or remain missing in Vietnam.
The plaque is dedicated by the community of Vietnemese in Illinois.
June 15, 1996.
Notice the Y-symbol