Cvillepedia:Featured article/January 2012

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This month's featured article: Dogwood Vietnam Memorial


The Dogwood Vietnam Memorial, erected in 1966, is considered by some to be the first Vietnam memorial in the U.S. It is located in the eastern portion of McIntire Park,[1] and is rededicated every year on the last day of the Dogwood Festival[2].


In the 1960s, the United States was at war in Vietnam. In 1966, the memorial was dedicated to those of the Charlottesville-Albemarle area who were killed or missing in action.[3] There is a plaque listing those twenty-three men from Charlottesville and Albemarle who gave their lives for their country during the war. The memorial is rededicated every April, and twenty-three new flags are placed at it to honor those fallen men. The flag, which has flown over the nation’s capital building, is also replaced every year at the rededication. A different veteran of the Vietnam War is the guest speaker every year, and each year the old flag is given to them. [3] Also part of the rededication ceremony is trumpet rendition of “Taps”, a bag-pipe rendition of “Amazing Grace”, and a 21-gun salute.[3] Jim Shisler is the founder of this Vietnam Memorial, and as Dogwood board member is responsible for the planning and execution of the re-dedication ceremony each year.<[3]

The memorial is listed as a landmark of historic significance for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act[citation needed].

  1. Web. Dogwood Vietnam Memorial, City of Charlottesville, retrieved 4/9/09.
  2. Web. Dogwood Vietnam Memorial’s future uncertain, Seth Rosen, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, 6/12/2007, retrieved 4/09/09.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Web. "The Charlottesville Dogwood Festival", Smith, Elizabeth D. Wood, Google Books, retrieved 18 Nov. 2010.