New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, located in Holmdel, New Jersey, allows us to remember and honor 1,557 New Jersey men and one woman who lost their lives or remain missing in action in Southeast Asia. It also publicly recognizes more than 80,000 New Jerseyans whose heroism and courage was unjustly ignored when they returned home.
Dedicated in May 1995, the Memorial is a circular, open-air structure containing 366 polished black granite panels - one for each day of the year. Engraved on those panels are the names of each of the 1,557 New Jersey soldiers, marines, sailors, or airmen killed or reported missing in action on that date. At the center of the Memorial stands a red oak, New Jersey's official state tree. It shades a grouping of three bronze statues representing those who died in Southeast Asia, those who came home, and the women who served.
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is the first educational center and museum of its kind in the United States or the world. Dedicated in September 1998, the center is devoted solely to gaining an understanding of the violent conflict in Southeast Asia and the surrounding political strife in America.
The Center enables visitors to attain a greater understanding of the myriad of forces that produced the conflict abroad and the dissension at home. It provides an atmosphere where appropriate materials and exhibits help visitors understand the significance of the Memorial, the reality of the conflict, and the social, political and cultural complexities of the war years. It complements the solemnity of the Memorial with a dynamic and lively learning environment.
The 10,000 square-foot facility includes an exhibition area with historic timeline, a circle of personal correspondence, flip books of personal photographs, touch-screen computers, and a testimony theater. The resource room contains hundreds of books, videos, and CD-ROMS. The multipurpose room serves as both a classroom and meeting room for various functions. There is also a gift shop with Memorial merchandise and items relating to the Vietnam Era.
There are also special, temporary exhibits, a film and lecture series, issuerelated forums, ceremonies and other special events held at the Memorial and Educational Center throughout the year. Guided tours and facilities rental are available.
The NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Vietnam Era Educational Center is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and students, children 10 and under are free. Veterans of military service and active military personnel are admitted free of charge. For more information, call 1-800-648-VETS (8387) or 732-335-0033.