Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Garden Of Solace
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About Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial

Inspired by the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, in 1982, a group Oregon Vietnam veterans conceived of the idea of a veterans memorial in Oregon. Through the efforts of many volunteers on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial Fund, the memorial was dedicated in 1987. Designed by Walker Macy, a Portland landscape architecture firm, the curved black granite wall lists the names of all Oregon residents who died in Vietnam or who are missing in action. The wall also chronicles three years of the conflict and concurrent local events, providing a poignant contrast.

Its location in the arboretum provides a serene setting for reflection. The memorial also includes several symbolic components: a bosque of pear trees at the entrance symbolizes life and sacredness; water elements in the Garden of Solace signify life, purity, and hope.

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Accessibility Notes

Special Note on Access Parking for cars is very limited in Washington Park, especially during warm, sunny weekends. About 40% of all visitors skip the parking and arrive by rideshare, walking, biking or using TriMet transit service. Once you’re in the park, use the free seasonal shuttle to explore the park.

Park Location or Entrance

4000 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97210

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Open hours

Park hours: 5:00am-10:00pm

Past construction

Expected Grand Opening July/August 2024

Park amenities/activities

Historical Site
Pay to Park
Statue or Public Art
Visitor Attraction
Paths (Unpaved)

Park policy

  • All dogs must be leashed in this park.

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