ABC’s of UMD: Letter V

V is for VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL!

When you hear the words “Vietnam War Memorial,” you likely think of the long, granite wall containing more than 58,000 names of men and women who gave their lives for their country during that conflict in downtown Washington, DC. You probably did not realize that we have a Vietnam War memorial right here on campus.

This meaningful spot is located to the south of Memorial Chapel, tucked into the hill below the Garden of Reflection and Remembrance. Students in the Honors Program in 1988 originally established the memorial, which was refurbished and rededicated in 2010 as part of the ceremonies surrounding the garden.

The UMD memorial consists of a message honoring those who lost their lives in the war and a bench on either side of this granite pedestal, set amidst a small grove of trees and plants.

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Located adjacent to the Vietnam War Memorial is a granite timeline of major events of the 2001-2002 academic year, the gift of the Class of 2002.

Class of 2002 class gift
Class of 2002 class gift

These are very special places on campus and well worth a visit the next time you are on South Hill.

This is the 22nd post in our series on Terrapin Tales called ABC’s of UMD! Posts will come out twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, throughout the semester. If you want to learn more about campus history, check back weekly to see what we’ve picked to highlight, and you can also visit our encyclopedia University of Maryland A to Z: MAC to Millennium for more UMD facts.

Do you have other ABC’s about campus? Let us know in the comments below!

Check back on Monday, November 16, for Letter W!

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