A special meeting of the Westminster City Council will be held on Wednesday to consider the “depiction and design” for the proposed Quang Tri Monument.
The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. in person at 8200 Westminster Blvd. and via webconference.
A final recommended design has been approved by the committee and now goes to the council for approval. The location will be considered by the Community Services and Recreation Commission if the council gives its approval.
The monument would depict the success of the Army of the Republic of (South) Vietnam – along with assistance from American forces – in recapturing in 1972 of a key citadel. The action was considered key to repelling an offensive by the North Vietnamese Army.
Controversy has surrounded the proposed monument, including the issue of location of the monument and the appropriateness of memorializing combat in a war lost by South Vietnamese forces in 1975.
The proposal calls for a depiction of South Vietnamese marines standing on the battlefield ruins and holding the national flag. The base would be 20 feet wide. Behind that would be a section depicting the citadel wall, 25 to 30 feet wide, five-feet thick, and 10 to 12 feet high. A 10 foot by 10 foot pagoda would be located on the top of the wall.
The committee has recommended that the council give its approval so fund-raising and construction could be completed in time for the 50th anniversary of the battle in September 2022.