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Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial
Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial - Washington Park
4000 SW Canyon Road Locate this site in PortlandMaps

General Info
Acquired in 1987

Amenities
Includes fountain, historical site, memorial, paths – unpaved, Pay to Park, statue or public art, and visitor attraction.

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

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR VISITOR PARKING
Effective September 2016 to March 2018, parking is extremely limited in Washington Park due to a multi-year Portland Water Bureau project. Visitors are encouraged to take TriMet MAX Light Rail to the park to avoid delays in parking. Visit explorewashingtonpark.org/construction for further parking information or find out more about the Reservoir Improvements Project at Washington Park.


Historical Information
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.