Dear Project Welcome Home Friends,
I am pleased to share some good news regarding the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park at The Museum of Flight.
Original plans situated the B-52 over a King County storm drain easement that services the area around the south end of Boeing Field. After extensive review of the plan, the Museum elected to move the aircraft off the easement, thus eliminating any issues that could possibly arise. The planning team consisting of Museum staff, architects and contractors developed a new design that retains all the elements of the original design - the airman statue, tribute wall, military flags, B-52, landscaping and the seating areas. The Memorial Park is planned to open in 2019.
The Project Welcome Home veterans committee reviewed the new plans last week. We felt that the new design is a significant improvement over the original, especially because it better integrates the airman statue and memorial with the aircraft.
Thank you for your patience as we worked through this. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park remains so very important to you, to us and to the community, and we are moving forward with construction in the next several weeks. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for your support!
Treasurer, Board of Trustees
Chair, Project Welcome Home
Vietnam War B-52 Pilot: 1972-75
P.S. Check your email next week for all the programs and events we have planned for Veterans Day at The Museum of Flight!