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National Native American Veterans Memorial

Monumento Nacional de Veteranos Indígenas Estadounidenses

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 3, 2020
1. National Native American Veterans Memorial
Inscription.  
This memorial recognizes American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian men and women who have served in every branch of the United States Armed Forces, from the Revolutionary War to the present day, and the support and sacrifices of their families.

The memorial's symbols represent concepts important to many Native cultures: the cardinal directions; the elements of water, fire, earth, and air; and the circle. The fountain at the center evokes a drum. On it rests an upright ring—an opening to the sky and the spiritual world. Four lances provide places where visitors can tie prayer cloths.

Commissioned by the United States Congress, the memorial was designed by Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes), a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and Butzer Architects and Urbanism. It was built through generous support of individuals, corporations and foundations, and Native nations.

All offerings will be viewed as temporary and removed from the site in an appropriate and respectful manner.

[Spanish translation:]
Este monumento se erigió en reconocimiento
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 3, 2020
2. National Native American Veterans Memorial
de los hombres y mujeres pertenecientes a pueblos indígenas estadounidenses, indígenas hawaianos e indígenas alaskeños que sirvieron en cada división de las Fuerzas Armadas de los Estados Unidos, desde la Guerra de Independencia a la actualidad, así como al apoyo y el sacrificio de sus familias.

Los símbolos del monumento representan conceptos significativos para muchas culturas indígenas: los puntos cardinales; los cuatro elementos, es decir, agua, fuego, tierra y aire; y el círculo. La fuente que hay en el centro evoca la forma de un tambor. Sobre ella descansa un anillo vertical: una abertura al cielo y al mundo espiritual. Cuatro lanzas proporcionan un lugar donde los visitantes pueden atar paños de oración.

Comisionado por el Congreso de los Estados Unidos, el monumento fue diseñado por Harvey Pratt (tribus cheyene y arapajó), veterano del Cuerpo de Marines de Vietnam, en colaboración con Butzer Architects and Urbanism. Se construyó gracias a la generosidad de los particulares, las corporaciones y fundaciones, y los pueblos indígenas que brindaron su apoyo.

Todas las ofrendas se considerarán temporales y se retirarán del sitio de manera apropiada y respetuosa.
 
Erected 2020 by Smithsonian Institution.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Asian Americans
National Native American Veterans Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 3, 2020
3. National Native American Veterans Memorial
MilitaryNative Americans.
 
Location. 38° 53.309′ N, 77° 0.952′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Memorial is at the intersection of Maryland Avenue Southwest and 3rd Street Southwest, on the left when traveling west on Maryland Avenue Southwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 335 Maryland Ave SW, Washington DC 20024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bald Cypress • Ártu (ar-too) (here, next to this marker); Broadleaf Cattail • Káhkáhaskwar (kaw-kaw-has-quar) (here, next to this marker); Wetlands (a few steps from this marker); George Rivera (a few steps from this marker); What is a Grandfather Rock? (a few steps from this marker); Witchhazel • Suhwe?t (suh-whet) (within shouting distance of this marker); Wingapo (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named George Rivera (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
National Native American Veterans Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 3, 2020
4. National Native American Veterans Memorial
Donor plaque for the veterans memorial on the National Museum of the American Indian image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 3, 2020
5. Donor plaque for the veterans memorial on the National Museum of the American Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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