Wentzville Vietnam War Memorial – City of Wentzville, Missouri
In December of 1967, the small community of Wentzville, MO erected the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the soldiers that were serving in Vietnam. Enthusiasm for supporting the enlisted personnel developed after two soldiers from Wentzville were killed in action. Wentzville citizens garnered funding with a Tree of Lights campaign to send troops care packages. Due to overwhelming response from the visionary community, excess funds were used to create a memorial to support the soldiers that were serving in a very unpopular war.
Two-thousand seventeen marked the 50th year anniversary of the memorial. The City of Wentzville honored the Vietnam soldiers with an $85,000 renovation of the site. Three concepts were developed by the parks landscape architect for review. Construction drawings were completed and the parks staff worked closely with the contractor to complete the project in a short time frame. The design remained sensitive to preservation of the column while providing planters, seating, lighted bollards, military branch plaques, ADA accessibility, irrigation, and signage. The project was completed in May of 2017 in time for 50th year anniversary dedication ceremony. Veterans regularly visit the site and remember their service and the caring from a community that says ‘Welcome home”.