Quang Tri before council again

CLOCK TOWER at Westminster Civic Center (OC Tribune photo).

Once again, the Westminster City Council will wrestle with issues surrounding the controversial proposed Quang Tri Monument.

Under consideration is the recommendation by the Quang Tri Monument Committee for the depiction and design of the proposed monument and “provide direction or approval.”

Also, the council will be asked to consider the Community Service and Recreation Commission’s recommendation for the localation of the proposed monument and “provide direction or 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.

Some critics have claimed the monument minimizes the role of American forces in the battle, contains historical inaccuracies and incorrect grammar.

The council will meet in person and via teleconference at 8200 Westminster Blvd. A closed session is scheduled for 5 p.m. with the open session set to begin at 7 p.m.


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