The overriding purpose of this proposed monument is to honor and express deep gratitude for the millions of Americans and Vietnamese who fought side-by-side to stop communist aggression and give the South Vietnamese people a chance to live in freedom. To give meaning to this difficult struggle, it is important for many of the Vietnamese people who fled their country and escaped communist persecution, to show their appreciation to those that helped them during and after the war.
In Louisville, Kentucky, a diverse group of citizens led by Yung Nguyen, an immigrant from Vietnam has conceived this idea of a monument of thanksgiving that would be a place of special recognition for the tremendous sacrifices the American and South Vietnamese Armed Forces made during the Vietnam War.
They formed a foundation to develop this concept and to raise private funds to implement it. The foundation’s name is “Tri Ân”, which means “deep gratitude” in the Vietnamese language. It is the foundation’s intent to fund and build the Tri Ân Monument based upon the selected design.
A one acre site was secured in an existing public park dedicated to veterans. It is in Jeffersontown, a suburb of Louisville. Wanting the most inspirational and unique monument possible, they decided to sponsor an architectural competition, open to everyone, to help them find the most creative ideas.
ELIGIBILITY AND REGISTRATION
This is an open world-wide competition and anyone with an idea is welcome to submit an entry—artists, sculptors, architects, landscape architects, graphic designers, students, professionals, etc. Registrations will be accepted from individuals as well as from teams or firms.
The entry fee is $35.00 USD for students; and $75.00 USD for all others.
Only one entry submission is permitted for each registration. Registration is only available through the website: www.tri-ancompetition.com