Southeast Asia Memorial Pavilion
The latest addition to the Academy's colored heritage, the Southeast Asia Memorial Pavilion stands as a reminder that the Long Blue Line lives to protect the nation, stand against tyranny, and to ensure freedom.
The structure sits at the edge of the mesa on the north end of the Heritage Trail, where it overlooks the Academy campus. A long black granite wall forms the eastern perimeter, its polished finish a strong rendition of the National Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC.
Inside a map created by sculptor Jim Nance, '71, depicts the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Southeast Asia theater of operations. Fourteen bronze plaques ranging from the Class of 1959 to the Class of 1972 adorn the granite to memorialize the graduates who were killed in action during the Southeast Asia confrontation.
The monument also serves as an example of graduate class giving in support of the Academy. During their 35th reunion, the Class of 1970 made a commitment to design, build and dedicate a memorial to honor those graduates who served and died in the Vietnam War.
CLASS OF '70 SEEKS GRADUATE MEMORIES OF VIETNAM
The Class of 1970 began Phase II of the project in May 2013 by adding the first of several planned interactive screens to tell the story of the Vietnam War and the role of air operations through the eyes of graduates who participated in the war in any capacity. If you served in or have memories of the war in SEA, please click here for additional information.
The Memorial Pavilion is open for viewing from 0700 to 1900 each day.