Vietnam War Memorial, State Capitol Lake, Pierre, SD, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member HANSENNI
N 44° 22.013 W 100° 20.647
14T E 392902 N 4913501
Quick Description: The South Dakota State Vietnam War Memorial contains the names of the 217 South Dakota men who lost their lives in the war. The memorial is joined by the Korean War Memorial at the top of the fountain. The World War II memorial is at the foot of it.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 8/17/2010 6:38:18 AM
Waymark Code: WM9G83
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member HANSENNI
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Long Description:

The South Dakota Vietnam War Memorial is a tribute to the veterans who returned home from the war to fight a sometimes more painful battle on the homefront. Vietnam was the first war to be brought directly to the American public’s living room with an unending display of graphic imagery: U.S. soldiers firing at unseen enemies in jungles and across rice paddies; medics dodging enemy fire to reach the side of a young soldier covered in blood and near death; and clouds of black smoke rolling skyward from the burning huts of a village destroyed to keep it out of the hands of the Vietcong. The merits of the war were not just debated at podiums and in war rooms but over dinner tables, in the streets and in the field itself.

As casualties increased and the war grew ever more unpopular in the United States, Vietnam soldiers heralded as heroes in the jungles were condemned as no better than criminals in their hometowns. The South Dakota Vietnam War Memorial takes one soldier, as a symbol of the many South Dakotans who served during this violent conflict, and elevates him to the status they all deserve: brave individuals who served their country at a time when it took as much courage to come home as it did to fight.

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Placed by:: People of South Dakota

Date Placed: 9/15/2006

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