Freedom Flame - Powning Park - Reno, NV
N 39° 31.419 W 119° 48.699
11S E 258320 N 4378664
Quick Description: This Freedom Flame in Powning Park is dedicated to all Vietnam Veterans.
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 3/8/2012 12:11:17 PM
Waymark Code: WMDYAJ
This Freedom Flame is situated in Powning Park, on the east side of Virginia Street, between State Street and Pine Street. The plaque at this monument reads:
MARCH 24, 1973
MAJOR ROBERT F. WAGGONER USAF
FORMER PRISONER OF WAR
IN HONOR OF
ALL VIETNAM VETERANS
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"The Freedom Flame at Powning Veterans Memorial Park was dedicated March 1973 in honor of Major Robert F. Waggoner, a pilot in the United States Air Force. Major Waggoner was shot down while flying a mission over Vietnam September 1966. He was held as a prisoner of war for six years and six months until March 1973. Major Waggoner's family moved to Reno, Nevada in June 1969 and that is where the Waggoner family was reunited following the Major's release.
Powning Veterans Memorial Park is the first location in Reno designated as a city park. In August 1906 the location was designated as City Park. In May 1911 the location was renamed Powning Square by the Reno City Council. According to the Reno Historic Preservation Society the park was named after C. C. Powning, an influential resident of Washoe County at that time. Presently the park has on display a statue of General Jesse Reno, flags of all military services, the ship's bell from the USS Reno, a Freedom Flame, and a monument to Nevada soldiers killed in the War on Terror."