The Ohio Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall
center piece of The Ohio Veterans' Memorial Park is a beautiful 125
foot long black granite wall. This is The Ohio Vietnam Veterans'
Memorial Wall. It is engraved with the 3,094 men and 1 woman, from
Ohio, who lost their lives in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.
All names are listed alphabetically by last name.
The top of the wall contains the
phrase "Lest We Forget" in gold letters. The Ohio Veterans' Memorial
Park has undertaken the task to help insure that our veterans will
always be remembered for the heroism and bravery.
The Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall
is the longest free-standing monument in the United States. The wall
has no means of support other than its own size and weight. The wall
is 125 feet long, and 6 feet high. It is made of 50 polished black
granite panels each measuring 72" tall X 30" wide and 8" thick. The
wall weighs well over 100,000 pounds and sits atop a seven foot
thick, steel reinforced concrete foundation.
The flawless, polished black
granite is only found in three locations around the world; India,
China and Africa. The black granite used for this wall was quarried
in India, same as the national wall.
At the base of the wall, you will
often find many keepsakes, such as photos, flowers, letters and
poems left by loved ones. These are personal tributes to the heroes
and we try to treat them as such. We try to collect as many of these
tributes as we can for display at future events. (Due to weather and
climate, we cannot guarantee the preservation of these items. If you
have an item that you would like stored and used as an event
display, please contact us and we will make arrangements to have
them stored properly.)
Ohio Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall At Night
The Ohio Veterans'
Memorial Park is lit until midnight each night. Visitors are
welcomed and even encouraged to visit the park at night. The lit
wall and monuments give the park a different feel with the black sky
describe the names as "floating in mid-air" once the sun sets.
The mornings and
sunset can be just as amazing. The park takes on a different
personality at different times of the day.
ABOUT THE WALL
- The 125 foot
long wall is the longest free-standing monument
in The United States.
- The Ohio
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall was dedicated on
May 7th, 2009.
- There are
3,095 names engraved in the granite. (Click
Here for a list of names)
- There is only
1 woman's name on the wall, Sharon Lane.
- The wall
weighs over 100,000 pounds.
- The wall sits
atop of a 7 foot thick reinforced concrete
Ohio's Military History And The Back
Of The Wall
you walk around to the back of the wall you will see several
engravings. These engraved panels display all of the wars that The
State Of Ohio has been involved in, beginning with the War of 1812
up to the current war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The scenes depict
military personal from the time period as well as a description and
Ohio's involvement. All of the engraved images are taken from actual
photos, with the exception of the Battle of 1812.
There is no mention of The
Revolutionary War because Ohio was not a state until March
several blank panels on the back of the wall. In the near
future these panels will contain the names of those who were
killed from Ohio during The Korean War, The Gulf War and The
War On Terrorism.
More information will be available soon
concerning the engravings on the back of the wall.
The War Of 1812
The Mexican War
The Civil War
The Spanish American War
World War I
World War II
The Korean War
The Vietnam War
The Gulf War
The War On Terrorism - Iraq & Afghanistan
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