Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial

Memorial

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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.

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.

Size in acres

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Year acquired

1987

Located within

Park Location or Entrance

Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial main entrance
4000 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97210

Open hours

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

Park amenities/activities

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

City section

Downtown