Westminster

Quang Tri back on the agenda

QUANG TRI MONUMENT design (before changes).

What could be another long and contentious meeting of the Westminster City Council on Wednesday night – and possibly Thursday morning – includes two items on the controversial Quang Tri Victory Monument.

Two items continued from the Aug. 10 meeting of the council will be revisited:

  • the feasibility study for potential location of the monument
  • consideration of reinstating the monument’s foundation authority to build the monument in Sid Goldstein Freedom Park in the Civic Center.

The second Battle of Quang Tri in 1972 involved the success of South Vietnamese forces, along with American troops, in defeating North Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War.

There has been a long-running struggle over the size, design and content of the monument. The most recent wrangle has been over the location. City staff have recommended a location at Westminster Memorial Park – a private cemetery and mortuary – but the foundation has advocated for a city park, preferably Freedom Park where other monuments devoted to the South Vietnamese military are located.

The council will meet with a closed session at 5 p.m. and the open session at 7 p.m. at 8200 Westminster Blvd.

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