Officials broke ground on the Tri An Monument Monday morning, 19. June, in Veterans Memorial Park in Jeffersontown, Louisville, Kentucky.

A diverse group of citizens led by Yung Nguyen, an immigrant from Vietnam, has conceived idea of a monument of thanksgiving; a place of special recognition for the tremendous sacrifices the American and South Vietnamese Armed Forces made during the Vietnam War in order to give the Vietnamese people a chance to live in freedom.

Grega Vezjak’s design was selected in an international competition from among 128 entries from 29 countries. Monument will have eight columns that represent each of the countries that sent troops to help south Vietnam defend from Communist aggression, as well as photos and stories about the war.

“These men and women fought rain, wind, hot — anything it took to bring our freedom on, day-in and day-out,” said Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf “The memorial that they’re bringing today, again, is a memorial that unites not only a country, but unites the world.”

The Tri An Monument is expected to be complete in March 2018.

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