|Subjects:||World War II|
|War in Afghanistan|
|Architect:||Schooley Caldwell Associates|
This plaza was added to the statehouse grounds in 1998 during a restoration of Capitol Square. The plaza consists of several elements including a grouping of 88 flags, one for each county, two fountains, and a lawn area. The most prominent parts of the plaza are the two large limestone walls with engraved letters from soldiers to their loved ones at home.
The inspiration for the plaza stemmed from a protest by two Vietnam Veterans in which they placed two hand painted 4′ x 8′ plywood sheets on the grounds to honor other Vietnam Veterans. They were charged with trespassing and destruction of property but the charges were dismissed after a member of the legislature stepped in. The temporary memorial was allowed to stand for awhile thereafter and eventually the legislature moved to build a permanent Veteran’s memorial on the grounds. This became the inspiration for the letter walls.