Vietnam pavilion dedication is Nov. 11

| November 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

This rendering shows the two new pavilions to be dedicated at the Honolulu Memorial in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Veterans Day. New mosaic maps will honor Vietnam veterans. (Image courtesy American Battle Monuments Commission)

Mosaic maps will show battlefields

American Battle Monuments Commission
News Release

ARLINGTON — This year’s Veterans Day ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific will include the dedication of two new pavilions, including one especially for veterans of the Vietnam War at the Honolulu Memorial.

The new Vietnam War Pavilion, combined with the current Vietnam War Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial, constitutes the only memorial to veterans of the Vietnam War built solely with federal funds.

The dedication will take place at 10 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Honolulu Memorial. The keynote speaker is U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, and the distinguished speaker is American Battle Monuments Commission secretary and Vietnam veteran Max Cleland, former U.S. senator from Georgia.

“This is especially appropriate as the United States starts its commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War,” said Cleland.

Two mosaic maps will be added this year to complete the memorial and help tell the story of those Americans who served in Vietnam. The maps will show the overall theater of the Vietnam War and the sites of major battles fought during the conflict.

At a cost of $523,000, the mosaics are unique works of art that are vibrant in colors, keeping in tradition with the World War II and Korean War maps at the memorial.

The method used to produce the new mosaics used a variety of cements, pigments, ground glass and sand to replicate the mosaic maps constructed in the 1960s.

Mary Jacobs of Glenelg, Md., who also created the artwork for the original World War II and Korean War mosaics at the memorial, designed the conceptual art.

The maps will be housed in one of two elegant pavilions being constructed from Travertine stone quarried from Idaho. The Honolulu District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is managing the $4.973 million construction project for ABMC.

“This memorial would not be possible without the hard work of all government agencies and private contractors involved who worked tirelessly to ensure project completion for Veterans Day,” said Cleland. “We at the ABMC are proud of the new additions to the Honolulu Memorial and feel the additions appropriately commemorate and honor America’s Vietnam War veterans.”

The Honolulu Memorial was established by ABMC to honor the sacrifices and achievements of American armed forces in the Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. According to ABMC, the numbers will vary as more remains are recovered and identified.

The World War II memorial lists 18,096 individuals missing from the “Nimitz” area of operations; those missing from the “MacArthur” area are honored at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. There are 8,200 individuals listed as missing from Korea.

In 1980 the memorial added 2,504 missing service members of the Vietnam War. Since then, according to ABMC, 874 remains have been identified.

Still missing in action/lost at sea.

73,681 from World War II
7,940 individuals from Korean
1,655 missing from Vietnam
126 from the Cold War
6 from Iraq and other conflicts
Total missing: 83,408
Statistics according to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command

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