Vietnam Veterans Memorial Renovation Underway in Riverfront

Project supported by donors, planned for completion on Veterans Day

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Monday, September 13, 2021 at 5:16 p.m.

SPOKANE – Renovations are underway at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Riverfront Park.

The memorial, originally opened to the public in 1985, will be cleaned, have its cracks repaired, and be polished. Several amenities will be added to the memorial, including a decorative handrail, benches, flag poles, an expanded plaza, wayfinding, and new plantings to enhance the greenscape.

“These renovations are a small way we can honor and thank our veterans for their sacrifices in service for our country,” said Garrett Jones, director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Spokane. “Hearing from veterans about their renovation priorities was key, and then we focused on bringing those priorities to life with great help from donors who gave generously to this restoration.”

The renovation project began in 2019, with initial fundraising efforts through the Our Town Gala hosted by former Mayor David and Kristin Condon. Additional generous donors have since offered their support the project: Garco Construction and their subcontractors, Global Credit Union, Innovia Foundation, Spokane County & Eastern Washington Regional Veterans Services, and Spokane Indians Baseball ‘Operation Fly Together Campaign’. Parks & Recreation is also supporting the project financially. Bernardo Wills Architects donated the design. The cost of the renovation is approximately $109,000.

The restoration design was completed in partnership with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and the Inland Northwest Vietnam Veterans Memorial Revitalization Committee. Veterans identified priorities for the renovation and provided feedback along the way.

The project is slated for completion just prior to Veterans Day. A ribbon cutting celebration will be planned for Thursday, November 11. (The project was delayed one year due to COVID-19 impacts.)

The memorial originally opened on November 11, 1985, after an organized effort by local veterans and their supporters to plan and fundraise $95,000 for the monument. The bronze statue was designed by Deborah Copenhaver Fellows, and depicts a soldier holding a letter. The names of deceased Vietnam veterans from the Spokane area are engraved in the sculpture's pedestal.



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