Lakefront DMZ by Nina Ackerberg, Jake Castillo, Rick Laffin and Stanton Sears

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“Lakefront DMZ” is Minnesota’s Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, created in 1992 by the local design team of Nina Ackerberg, Jake Castillo, Rick Laffin and Stanton Sears. The memorial includes a red granite map of Indochina, a main plaza of 68,000 granite squares–each representing a Minnesotan who served–with 1,120 dark green squares marking the hometowns of Minnesotan soldiers who did not return home. A large granite wall lists all 1,120 names of those killed in action or missing in action. A limestone representation of a house facade and the water, trees and shrubs all echo the feel of Minnesota and the sense of coming home.

A book at the memorial explaining the history of the project and helping visitors locate names on the memorial explains the design goals of the memorial:

The Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial was designed to evoke a reflective mood rather than make a political statement. It was designed to express honor and remembrance, while acknowledging valor and service, and affirming the need to grieve as well as to experience an earlier time of innocence before the war. It was designed also to remind us that the price of war is high: young men and women die, and others have their lives forever altered.

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