IDAHO STATE VIETNAM VETERANS' MEMORIAL
Designed by Tom Chriswell, Vietnam Veteran
This Memorial was built to convey our gratitude and appreciation of the men and women who served during this difficult time.
FREEDOM BIRD, INC. Idaho Falls Vietnam Veterans
This Memorial structure features a carbon steel framework with polished stainless steel. The 24' inverted V recognizes the controversy surrounding the war, the disagreement as to its objectives and outcome, and its shattering effect on the heart of the American society. The design is abstract, allowing the viewer to freely interpret its meaning. In the Artist's view, it is a structure that reflects (in the shadow) personal victory and our country's sacrifices; it is not a political statement. When the sun makes its way across the sky, a V-shaped shadow is cast across the park.
The bronzed relief statue image on the vertical leg was sculptured by Chriswell, with a figure of a woman draped in the folds of the U.S. Flag, a soldier representing all military branches of service, and a POW (Prisoner of War) beneath the furled wings of a powerful eagle, the symbol of freedom. The reverse side bears a copper-etched map of Southeast Asia.
Displayed on the front and back legs are the 251 names of Idahoans, who were fatally [sic] killed or listed as missing in action.
The Memorial was dedicated, August 4, 1990.
It is the Official State Vietnam Veterans' Memorial within the State of Idaho, established by State Joint Congressional Resolution 101, in January 1987.