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New Vietnam War Pavilion Dedicated At The Honolulu Memorial

HONOLULU, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) dedicated two new pavilions at the Honolulu Memorial on Sunday, November 11, 2012. Following the annual Veterans Day ceremony hosted by the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, attendees gathered around the new pavilions for a traditional Hawaiian "maile lai" ceremony. Attendees at the pavilion dedication included ABMC Secretary Max Cleland, Senator Daniel Akaka, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, cemetery Superintendent Gene Castagnetti, Vietnam veterans and many others responsible for the success of this project.

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One of the new pavilions commemorates the service and sacrifice of all Americans who served in the Vietnam War.  The new pavilions combined with the already existing Vietnam War Courts of the Missing constitute the only federal memorial to veterans of the Vietnam War built solely with federal funds.The completion of the pavilions is timely as the U.S. starts its commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

During the Veterans Day ceremony, Secretary Cleland, a Vietnam veteran himself, reflected on a statement by fellow Vietnam veteran General Hal Moore whose story was told in the movie "We Were Soldiers." "He (Moore) said that while those who served in Vietnam may not have been part of the greatest generation, they were the greatest of their generation. That is the way I feel," said Secretary Cleland. "It's a high honor to dedicate this lasting memorial in their name."

The new Vietnam War pavilion at the Honolulu Memorial houses two mosaic maps. The mosaics show the overall theater of the Vietnam War and the sites of major battles fought during the conflict.  The mosaic maps are unique works of art keeping in tradition with the World War II and Korean War maps at the memorial.  The method used to produce the mosaics utilize a variety of cements, pigments, ground glass and sand to replicate the mosaic maps constructed in the 1960s. Each map is ten feet tall and nine and half feet wide and each weighs about 2,000 pounds.

The two pavilions are constructed from travertine stone quarried from Idaho. The second new pavilion houses porcelain panels depicting ABMC commemorative sites in the Pacific and providing an orientation to the Honolulu Memorial. 

Located on the grounds of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the "Punchbowl Cemetery," the Honolulu Memorial was dedicated in 1966 to honor the sacrifices and achievements of American armed forces in the Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. It includes the names of 18,096 individuals missing in action or lost at sea from World War II, and the names of 8,200 individuals listed as missing from Korea.  The memorial grew in 1980 to include the 2,504 missing of the Vietnam War at the urging of Secretary Cleland, then Administrator of the Veterans Administration.

Construction on the new pavilions started in May 2012 with a target completion date for Veterans Day.  During his remarks, Secretary Cleland said "all the folks involved with this project did a heck of a job to get this done on time."

The Honolulu District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed the $5.2 million construction project for ABMC. The two Vietnam War mosaic battle maps were constructed by the Armbruster Company of Glenview, Ill. The conceptual art was designed by Mary Jacobs, of Glenelg, Md., who also created the artwork for the original World War II and Korean War mosaics at the memorial. The project architect was Fung and Associates, Inc., of Honolulu. The pavilions were built by the Innovative-Mira Joint Venture, Honolulu.

"As you leave these grounds, I ask you to reflect on the words of poet Archibald MacLeish, who lost a brother in World War I; words now forever inscribed on the Vietnam pavilion: 'We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning,'" said Secretary Cleland.  "These words say it all for me.  May we never forget the competence, courage and sacrifice of those who served in the Vietnam War."

Established in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission honors the service, achievements and sacrifice of the U.S. Armed forces.  ABMC administers 24 cemeteries and 25 monuments, memorials and markers overseas.  For more information on ABMC visit www.abmc.gov or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com\abmcpage

SOURCE American Battle Monuments Commission

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