Chairman James Dunn, U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, former Deputy Director of the MVAA
Lynn C. O’Brien
Dana Schafer, Assistant to the Commission
Time: All meetings are scheduled for 10:00am - noon unless otherwise stated
Location: FS Directors Audit Conference Room
2nd Floor, Lewis Cass Bldg.
320 S. Walnut Street, Lansing, MI
*Meeting will be held at 320 S. Walnut St., Lansing, MI 48933, Cass 1 North Conference Room
If you would like to conduct an event at the Michigan Veterans' Memorial Park, please print and fill out the Memorial Park Public Event Scheduling Form.
Completed forms should be mailed to the following address:
Michigan Veterans’ Memorial Park Commission, DTMB
Attn: John Juarez
Lewis Cass Bldg. – 2nd Floor
320 S. Walnut St.
Lansing, MI 48933
Please read the Policy for Conduct on State Property when scheduling an event.
The Michigan Vietnam Monument honors the Michigan residents who served and those who died in the Vietnam War during the 1960s–1975. The monument is located in Michigan Veterans Memorial Park, Lansing.
Designed by New York architect Alan Gordon, the monument features an arc-shaped steel wall that is 120 feet long and 10 feet high. It is suspended three feet above the ground, supported by a steel tension cable.
The names of casualties from Michigan are listed by county in alphabetical order on 15 lighted plaques made of brushed steel. Names of those Missing in Action (MIA) at the time of construction are bracketed with asterisks. An alphabetical list of names in an engraved book and a scale model are located near the northwest entrance to the monument. At the east end a plaque describes the purpose of the memorial. The years “1959” and “1975” appear on the back side of the steel wall, defining beginning and ending dates.
Opposite the wall, an arc-shaped bench includes metal plates to represent casualties from U.S. states and territories, plus those who are unknown.
The park is located in downtown Lansing near the Hall of Justice building.
VMC Mission Statement
The Michigan Vietnam Monument Project is an opportunity to recognize, honor, and learn from both the Michigan residents who served, and from those who, by death, missing in action, or prisoner of war sacrificed their life in Vietnam.
The Monument is intended to provide a place for future generations to reflect upon America’s longest and most controversial war, one that divided the nation, and was fought by soldiers whose average was 19 years.
Completion of construction will continue the healing process for the Vietnam veterans, their family members, and the countless numbers of individuals and organizations who were profoundly affected by this war.
The monument’s dedication will provide the “welcome home”
Bypassed during the turmoil of that time. To this end we dedicate our labors,
And invite the State and the Nation to join in this task.
Michigan Vietnam Monument Commissioners
November 11, 2001
The MVMP Commission would like to thank the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center for creating the following informational guide about the Michigan Vietnam Veterans Monument:
Michigan Vietnam Veterans Monument Teacher-Led Activities
The next time you renew your license plate, please consider helping to fund the Park by purchasing a Veterans’ Memorial “Lest We Forget” license plate. The revenue from this plate is the sole source of income for Michigan Veterans’ Memorial Park. The funds help maintain the Park to honor and remember those who serve and have served our great nation.
Most recently, the Commission completed the Vietnam Memorial Timeline Replacement Project. The original timeline, which was damaged by the elements, was replaced with stainless steel plates to withstand Michigan’s weather; ensuring the timeline can be viewed by visitors for many years to come.
The Veterans’ Memorial Park Commission requests your support to help keep the Park vibrant for all military, their families, and the citizens of Michigan!
Feb. 3, 2019 – Four Chaplains Day – A day to remember the four U.S. Army chaplains who made the ultimate sacrifice when the USAT Dorchester sank during World War II.
Feb. 19, 2019 – Coast Guard Reserve Birthday
March 3, 2019 – Navy Reserve Birthday
March 13, 2019 K-9 Veterans Day – The date is the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps and a day to honor their service.
March 25, 2019 Medal of Honor Day – A holiday to honor the heroism and sacrifice of Medal of Honor recipients for the United States.
March 29, 2019 – Vietnam Veterans Day – A national holiday to recognize and honor Veterans who served in the military during the Vietnam War. The Michigan Vietnam Monument, located on Michigan Veterans Memorial Park in Lansing, honors the Michigan residents who served and those who died in the Vietnam War during the 1959 – 1975 time period. Learn more about Michigan's Vietnam Veterans Monument here
April 5, 2019 – Gold Star Spouses Day – A day dedicated to those whose spouses gave their lives while serving in the U.S. military or as a result of service-connected injuries or illness.
April 14, 2019 – Air Force Reserve Birthday
April 23, 2019 – Army Reserve Birthday
May 1, 2019 – Silver Star Banner Day – Per Congressional resolution, it is an “Official Day to honor wounded, ill, and injured Veterans”.
May 10, 2019 – Military Spouse Appreciation Day – This date recognizes the service and sacrifices of military spouses.
May 13, 2019 – Children of Fallen Patriots Day – A day to honor the children left behind by the brave men and women who gave their lives while defending our freedom.
May 18, 2019 – Armed Forces Day Observed on the third Saturday every May, this is a day dedicated to paying tribute to men and women currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
May 27, 2019 – Memorial Day A solemn occasion to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military.
June 6, 2019 – Anniversary of the World War II Allied invasion in Normandy, France, now known as D-Day.
June 14, 2019 – Flag Day – A day to celebrate the adoption of the U.S. flag.
June 14, 2019 – Army Birthday
June 23, 2019 – Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday
June 27, 2019 – National PTSD Awareness Day – A day to bring awareness about issues related to PTSD.
July 4, 2019 – Independence Day
July 27, 2019 – Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
Aug. 4, 2019 – Coast Guard Birthday
Aug. 7, 2019 – Purple Heart Day – A time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice. Michigan has honored these services members with the Michigan Purple Heart Memorial, which is located next to the Michigan Vietnam Veterans Monument.
Aug. 29, 2019 – Marine Forces Reserve Birthday
Sept. 11, 2019 – Patriot Day – An annual observance to remember and honor those who were injured or killed during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Sept. 18, 2018 – Air Force Birthday
Sept. 29, 2019 – Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day – A day to honor the families of fallen Servicemembers.
Oct. 13, 2019 – Navy Birthday
Oct. 26, 2019 – National Day of the Deployed
Nov. 10, 2019 – Marine Corps Birthday
Nov. 11, 2019 – Veterans Day – This is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice treaty, which ended World War I and is also a day to thank military Veterans for their service.
Dec. 7, 2019 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – The anniversary of the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, signaling the United States’ entrance into World War II.
Dec. 13, 2019 – National Guard Birthday
Dec. 21, 2019 – National Wreaths Across America Day
Significant Military Months
March – Month of the Military Caregiver
April – Month of the Military Child
May – National Military Appreciation Month
November – Military Family Month, Warrior Care Month
The MVMP Commission would like to thank the Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) for developing the list of “Important Military Holidays and Observances for 2019"