The final touch on Utah's Vietnam Memorail took place Friday when a crane lifted an 8-foot bronze statue depicting a soldier returning from battle to its concrete pedestal.
The sculpture, by native Utahn Clyde Ross Morgan, a Vietnam veteran, is of a young infantryman carrying the rifle and helmet of a dead friend. It is the cenerpiece of the $330,000 memorial to the 389 Utahns killed in the Vietnam War from 1963 to 1975. The memorial is being built by the Utah Vietnam Era Memorial Committee Inc.The memorial, on the west side of the State Capitol grounds, will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited, and Vietnam veterans from all branches of service are encouraged to wear their Vietnam Service Ribbons or other appropriate Vietnam ribbons and awards such as the Combat Infantry BAdge awarded to combat veternas.
There will be a formal reading of the names of the dead and missing at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., before and after the dedication ceremony. Friend relatives and guests are invited to assist in reading the names.