Vietnam Veterans Memorial Installs Paving Material

October 5, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Contractors are laying paving material this week that will transform the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial as part of the first phase of the restoration and preservation project for the Penn’s Landing landmark at Front and Spruce Streets.

The material, which will resemble granite pavers, is being poured throughout the week and replaces the bricks that have been in place since the Memorial was dedicated 21 years ago. Weather and wear had caused the bricks to become uneven and, in some cases, hazardous, noted Terry Williamson, president of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which oversees the site in conjunction with the Fairmount Park.

New flagpoles representing all of the Armed Services should be installed the following week behind the “all of Names” at the site. Other improvements include refurbishing the names on the wall, resurfacing and replacing damaged granite, installing a 24/7 security camera and moving the Purple Heart Monument to its own location on the north side of the Memorial

Work on the project started on August 1 and should be completed in late October. The $500,000 project is the first phase of the “Duty to Remember” initiative which will involve eventually opening up the Spruce Street side of the Memorial to provide direct access and a line of sight to the Wall of Names. The main purpose of that phase, however, will be to make it more difficult for vandals and others to desecrate the Memorial. The secluded nature of the Memorial makes it difficult for Police to view inside.

The Memorial fund is planning to raise another $400,000 to complete the second phase. To assist in that effort a grass roots fund-raising effort has been launched at the www.pvvm.org. Information is also available on 646 limited edition Memorial bricks removed from the original site.

Work on the project will be visible throughout the week. Contact Terry Williamson for more information.

SOURCE Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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