Rutland County Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The stone sculpture that lies at the center of this memorial replaces the original that occupied the same spot from 2000 to 2017. Deterioration of the earlier sculpture resulted in a decision to replace it.
The new carving by Don Ramey of West Rutland was dedicated on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017. It recalls the earlier work begun by Vietnam veteran John Reno.
John had struggled with depression and recurring flashbacks following his Vietnam service. Begun in 1981, the sculpture became a means for John to work through his anger and pain. But after he died suddenly in a boating accident in 1982, his artistic vision of a soldier lay neglected for years in a Castleton gravel pit.
A fellow Vietnam-era veteran, John Bergeron, later unearthed the incomplete sculpture, which became a focal point for the memorial after Don Ramey completed it. Don was therefore the logical choice to carve the replacement. The new sculpture includes some changes designed to more specifically suggest the American GI of the Vietnam era.
This memorial was sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1, based in Rutland, whose first members were among Reno’s close friends. The memorial was made possible by the generous contributions of scores of businesses and individual supporters and was dedicated on Memorial Day, 2000.
The Memorial has the following signs located around it. Click on any thumbnail to view the sign in detail.
West Rutland Sculpture Don Ramey was photographed Oct. 11, 2017, as he neared completion of the replacement sculpture for the Rutland County Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Rutland.
Location of the Rutland County Vietnam Veterans Memorial
S. Main and Washington Streets
Rutland, Vermont 05701
Did you serve in country during the Vietnam conflict?
Did you live in Rutland County at the time of your induction?
If so, you should contact VVA Chapter 1 to find out about
being added to the memorial.