the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix's Bolin Memorial Park is
the Arizona Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A map of Vietnam imbedded
in the sidewalk leads the visitor into the memorial. Slabs of
polished granite half-ring the circular grounds. On the polished
monoliths are engraved the names of the Arizona dead.
names include U.S. Army PFC Floyd Robert Davis, who was killed
March 21, 1963, and Army Capt. Edward Bernard Cribb, who died
five months later, on August 26. They were the first Arizona
casualties. U.S. Air Force Capt. Leroy Jason Cornwell III of
Tucson was the last: He perished in Laos on September 10, 1071.
Large cottonwoods enfold the
memorial slabs that, in turn, enfold the memorial. There's a
raised circular construction in the center of the memorial to
which are attached plaques that chronicle the major events of
the war. From the center of this bronze-cast history lesson
grows a young tree. Off to one side is a larger-than-life bronze
sculpture of three servicemen. But unlike the Three Fightingmen
at The Wall, these figures are neither grand nor
well-fed. They are hurting. They're hurting bad.
Photo by Michael Keating.