Two warriors, an American and South Vietnamese, crouch as if they are moving cautiously, guns ready, on a battlefield in the “Nam”.
That existing image, has been recreated into an 8-foot-tall bronze sculpture, and is the big part of a new Vietnam War memorial unveiled and dedicated last October at Veterans Park in Arlington.
The monument is result of a project Which began four years ago by leaders of the Arlington’s Vietnamese community They wanted to honor the service and sacrifice of the South Vietnamese servicemen, the U.S. military and its allies.
“It’s in remembrance of the U.S. and the Vietnamese soldiers who fought North Vietnam,” said Peter Dao, co-founder of Heroes of South Vietnam Memorial Foundation.
The group raised over $500,000 for the memorial including the $150k from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, as well as other donations from Vietnamese and American veterans as well as the Arlington Rotarians.
The memorial foundation will donate it to the city. It will be located in the 103-acre park on Arkansas Lane.
The sculptor is Marine Vietnam veteran Mark Austin Byrd.
Notes: The Vietnamese-American population rose 38% between the years 2000-2010. Which now stands at above 1.54 million people.
-58,307 American troops died along with over 200k South Vietnamese fighters between 1960 and 1975.