The canopy covering the statues is taken from the shape of a hibiscus flower pod, an Asiatic symbol of rebirth and regeneration, symbolizing the warrior's return to peace to begin the journey of healing the scars of war. On the ceiling of the canopy are wind chimes, signifying prayers for the dead each time they chime. The configuration of the statues is symbolic of the welcome home that veterans have historically treasured. The inscription in Vietnamese and English reflects the veteran's desire for peace - from war and within themselves. The monument is offered as a daily reminder that our veterans, living and dead, are not and will not be forgotten. Under the lotus-shaped canopy are two groups of statues representing veterans returning from the Vietnam War to their families: The first is a veteran in jungle fatigues approaching his mother who has her arms extended for a welcome home embrace. The second is a veteran reuniting with his wife who is holding their small child in her arms.
Date of Installation:
November 11, 1987
Organization Responsible for Installation:
Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Vietnam Veterans Monument Committee
Memorial War Era(s):
The Vietnam Veterans' Monument is located on North Shore Drive in the city of Pittsburgh, PA, between Heinz Field and PNC Park, on the north shore of the Allegheny River. Map Searches: Use 100 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 for your destination address.
Published on May 24, 2020