VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL
LOCATED: In Capitol Park at 15th and L in Sacramento, California
Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated December 10, 1988, is one of the most
visited out of the 15 memorials in Capitol Park.
Artist Rolf Kriken created the bronze statues of the Memorial. He recently redid the map of Vietnam which lies at the entrance of the Memorial. The new bronze map overlays the old one. The etchings on the original map had become worn by the footsteps of the thousand of visitors to the Memorial.
Several memorial ceremonies are held at the memorial each year; the largest being "The Reading of the Names" held on the day before Memorial Day every year. At this event, volunteers read all of the 5000+ names on the memorial walls of the California service men and women who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. This normally takes approximately 12 hours. You can view the activities of the "Reading" event of 2002 here. "Reading 2003" will take place May 25. If you care to volunteer to read or would like to be sent information as to the program for the day, please e-mail VVA500@gosaccity.com with your information.