The Ohio Veterans' Memorial Park
is constructed of many monuments honoring our Heroes. The flag-ship of
the park is the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall. The west side of the
one hundred and twenty five foot long, polished black granite wall
contains the names of the 3,095 Ohioans who gave their lives in service
to our nation during the Vietnam War. It is the longest free-standing
monument in the nation. It is held in place only by its own weight. (The
national wall in D.C. is held in place by an earthen backfill.) The west
side of the wall is engraved with all of the conflicts that Ohio has
been involved with, since the War of 1812. All of the photos on this
section of the wall was engraved with actual photos of the wars with the
exception of 1812. (There were no cameras). This side of the wall also
contains the names of Ohio's Heroes since the Bombing of Beirut.
ABOUT THE MONUMENTS
It is the longest
free-standing monument in the country.
The POW / MIA Reflection
Pond is the largest POW memorial in the State of Ohio.
Our Gold Star Father statue
is the first of its kind in the nation.
The granite that the wall is
made of is quarried from the same site as the national wall.
The wall behind the POW /
MIA Pond is designed to in respect to the national wall.
The Gold Star Mother Statue,
that was dedicated to Sharon Lane's mother, the only female from
Ohio killed during combat in the Vietnam War, stares at Sharon's
name on the wall. This was not planned.