Contemplation Garden is the second of the six memorial gardens to be
constructed on the museum site.
It contains several key attractions, including a Vietnam-era Huey
mounted almost 20 feet in the air,
a special set of Huey rotor blades with dedication plaques, a flag pole, a covered bench and the only replica of the Camp
Holloway Memorial Wall that was
the post in Pleiku, South Vietnam.
The Board of Directors of
the National Vietnam War
Museum offered space in the
garden for this special memorial.
It was built by members of the
Aviation Battalion who served at the camp, assisted by their friends
The original wall that stood near the Headquarters in Camp Holloway,
was destroyed. For the members of
the 52nd CAB who served at Camp Holloway, the "wall" was sacred and
represented fellow soldiers and friends
that gave their lives in the line of duty.
was estimated to cost from $40,000 to $60,000 and fundraising is still
ongoing to maintain the monument. More information about the
organization and the monument is available on the
organizations' website: http://52dcab.org. The wall was dedicated with a ceremony on November 8, 2008, at the same time as the
ribbon-cutting ceremony for the garden.
Contributions for the memorial wall are being sought by the 52nd CAB and
can be made using the museum
Gift Shop Order Form or they may be mailed to the museum at the address
on the Contact Page. Please include
a notation that the contribution is for the Camp Holloway Memorial Wall.
contact either Vern Gano at email@example.com or Gerry Sandlin at
for more information about the Camp Holloway Memorial Wall project.
Contemplation Garden was constructed by a team of veterans and
friends of the museum using donated
funds, materials and equipment. It is filled
with plants and trees selected and planted according to the design prepared by members of the Weatherford Master
Gardeners. A trail of crushed granite allows
visitors access to the memorial wall and other features of the
garden. Donations are still needed for operation and long-term maintenance of the garden
and may be made using through the museum
Gift Shop or mailed
to the address on the Contact Page.
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