New Vietnam Veterans Memorial In Queens


Borough President Melinda Katz and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, will join Vietnam War veterans from Queens in hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst Park on Thursday, November 29.

More veterans call Queens home than anywhere in the City of New York, and the project will be the first borough-wide memorial to honor all Queens residents who died while serving in the Vietnam War. It is to be built on the northwest corner of Elmhurst Park and is slated for completion in fall, 2019.

A total of 420 Queens residents lost their lives while serving in the Vietnam War, according to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32, which represents Vietnam War veterans of Queens. The construction of a Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been long sought by members of Chapter 32. The late Pat Toro, the former president of Chapter 32 and a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, was a vocal and persistent supporter of the project before he passed in 2014. Chapter 32 has followed Mr. Toro’s lead by continuing to seek the necessary funding.

The design and construction is fully funded by allocations from the Borough President’s office.