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Montana State Vietnam Veterans' Memorial

Rose Park, Missoula, Montana

Montana State Vietnam Veterans' Memorial

Adopted in 1987.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Missoula, Montana is situated in the city park. There is also a memorial garden and memorials to veterans of each war/conflict since WWII. The park honors all veterans. It was adopted in 1987.

Montana State Vietnam Veterans' Memorial:
Rose Park, Missoula, Montana

On 12 November 1944, six Missoula members of the American Rose Society suggested that a Missoula park be commemorated as a site which would perpetuate the memory of members of the armed forces, from Missoula County, killed in WW II. That park would be named Missoula Rose Memorial Park.

Civic activists C E Simons and Glen Smith gathered donations from throughout Montana to establish the park. The first planting of rose bushes began in 1946. Further, the park borders a Blue Star Memorial Highway, part of a nationwide highway network started by the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. in 1945 to pay tribute to the armed forces that have defended the United States of America.

The park has since become the site for memorials dedicated to the memory of veterans and casualties of America's twentieth century conflicts including Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf and now Korea.

In April 1999, Governor Marc Racicot signed Senate Bill 352 which designated the Missoula Memorial Rose Garden as a "State Veteran's Memorial Rose Garden" and the Korean War Memorial as a "State Korean War Memorial" Both will be shown on official Montana State Highway maps.

Montana Law

The law designating the memorial located in Rose Park, Missoula, Montana as the official Montana state Vietnam veterans' memorial is found in the Montana Revised Statutes, Title 1, Chapter 1, Part 5, Section 1-1-5142

TITLE 1. GENERAL LAWS AND DEFINITIONS
CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
Part 5. State Symbols - Official Designations

1-1-512. State Vietnam veterans' memorial.
(1) The memorial located in Rose Park, Missoula, Montana, dedicated to the men and women who served the United States in the Republic of Vietnam, is the official state Vietnam veterans' memorial.
(2) The department of commerce in the production of highway maps of the state of Montana is directed to reference the location of the official state Vietnam veterans' memorial in Rose Park, Missoula, Montana, on such maps.
History: En. Secs. 1, 2, Ch. 53, L. 1987.




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