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Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Wall

 

This Page Is Dedicated In Honor And Remembrance
To All The Men From Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
Who Bravely Fought And To Those Who Valiantly Fell
In The Vietnam War

POW-MIA Flag - Motion

"WELCOME HOME"

Vietnam Veterans Of America Flag - Motion

 
Vietnam Insignia Flag

 

Vietnam Service Medal

 

 

 

Distinguished Flying Cross

 

 

 

Bronze Star

 

 

 

Air Medal

 

 

 

Vietnamese Gallantry Cross

Forty-four of the 3,142 Pennsylvanians who fell during the Vietnam Era were from Lebanon County and surrounding townships.  The "Vietnam Veterans Memorial" in Lebanon, Pennsylvania is a Dedication of Honor and Remembrance to them, and stands in honor for all KIA, POW/MIA and Surviving Americans who so valiantly served in Southeast Asia from Aug. 4, 1964 to May 7, 1975.  Approximately 3,700 men from Lebanon County served during the Vietnam Era although it is not known exactly how many actually were In Country.

Inspired by the "Moving Wall" exhibit which came to Lebanon May 4-10, 1995, planning for the "Vietnam Veterans Memorial" began that same year.

Dedicated on November 8, 1997, it was designed and erected by The "Project Welcome Home" Committee of Lebanon County.  The "Monument Wall" stands nine feet high, not including the Eagles on either end, and is fifteen feet long.

The Wall face was designed by John Carlance and several designs were presented to the committee.  After final selection the design was laid out and hand-etched into 544 raw red bricks which were numbered for final assembly.

The location of the "Vietnam Veterans Memorial" within the park was chosen because of the triangular layout of the park itself and that the trees on the East and West sides of the park form the apex of a "V" in that part of the park.  Since the National Memorial in Washington DC is in the "V" shape it was decided to honorably follow the same formation.

The Memorial is a bit unique in that the Honor Roll is not included on the Wall itself.  The actual Honor Roll is located on the plaque which stands before the Wall.  In addition, a brick for most of the fallen is inlaid on the "Memorial" floor at the end of "The Walkway Of Honored Memories".  A lack of funds at the time of construction prevented the purchase of the bricks needed to complete that portion of the Memorial.

"The Walkway Of Honored Memories" is inlayed with bricks bearing the names of persons and businesses who donated funds for the construction of the Memorial.

As does the Wall in Washington DC, the Lebanon Wall also has a Heart, that being the Purple Heart donated by one of Lebanon County's Vietnam Veterans.

The Plaque and Marble Stand were donated by Grandview Memorial Cemetery, Annville, Pennsylvania.

A Time Capsule is incorporated into the wall.  Also entombed within the Wall are the signatures of all who participated in the construction of the Memorial.  Even the pens were left behind.

The Military Flags and POW/MIA flag are traditionally aligned in a "V" formation from the left, inward to the apex, then outward on on the right and are arranged in the order of their time of formation.  The flags at the Lebanon Memorial are arranged  for the number of losses in each branch of service.  Since there were no losses in the Air Force or Coast Guard these flags are positioned in their traditional position.

After completion of the Wall an unintended and unpredictable phenomenon occurred.  It was noticed that when it rains water runs from the faces of the two soldiers depicted in the scene giving the illusion of tears.  Various methods were tried to manually duplicate the phenomenon but were never successful.

The Memorial contains an Indian Medicine Wheel which was incorporated into the Memorial by the Eastern Confederation of Woodland Indians.

A Tontine has been placed into affect for the committee members.

Members of the "Project Welcome Home" committee and other private citizens periodically take on tasks to maintain and adorn the "Vietnam Veterans Memorial".  The Memorial is also adorned at various times throughout the year with flowers, wreaths and other honorariums.

My many personal thanks to Capt. Ronald L. Waddell, USAF Ret..  His book "Project Welcome Home" was instrumental for some of  the information and quotes used in the designing of this web page.  Thanks also to Charles and Evelyn Lane for their contributions.

Civilian Daniel Keiser was named an honorary member of the committee for his generous contribution of service in the maintenance and preservation of the Memorial.

Silver Star

 

 

  

Purple Heart

 

 

 

Bronze Star For Valor

 

 

 

National  Defense Medal

 

  

 

Vietnamese Military Merit Medal

 

Army Distinguished Service Medal - Ribbon
Soldier's Medal - Ribbon
Army Commendation Medal - Ribbon
Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal - Ribbon

Combat Action Ribbon
Prisoner Of War Medal - Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Unit Commendation

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Ribbon
Vietnam Wound Medal - Ribbon

VIETNAM MEMORIAL HONOR ROLL

 

The Local Men Who Fell In Vietnam Were Recognized By Both The United States Government And That Of Vietnam
Their Courage And Dedication To Duty Is Evidenced By Their Many Awards And Campaign Medals


Although The List Is Incomplete

Silver Star - 4
Distinguished Flying Cross - 2
Bronze Star for Meritorious Service - 13
Bronze Star for Valor - 9
Purple Heart - 38
Air Medal - 24
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry - 11
Vietnamese Military Merit Medal - 12
Vietnamese National Defense Medal - 2