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Unveiling of "Brothers in Arms" sculpture honoring U.S. and Vietnamese soldiers, draws hundreds

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Many gathered for the unveiling of the "Brothers in Arms" sculpture on Saturday afternoon in OKC's Asian District.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – With approximately 500 people on hand, Vietnam War veterans – those serving both in the American and South Vietnam military, up until the end of the war in April 1975 – were on hand for a statue dedication ceremony held at Military Park on Saturday.

With its location in Oklahoma City’s Asian District at NW 24th St. and N. Classen Blvd., the “Brothers in Arms” monument – featuring an American soldier and S. Vietnamese soldier, back-to-back – is quite visible and was erected to remind people of the sacrifice made by both soldiers of both countries in fighting the Communist North Vietnamese and their allies between 1964 and 1975.

Many South Vietnamese refugees would flee their country in the wake of the fall of Saigon in 1975 and many would make new homes here in Oklahoma City, starting families and building businesses, many of which now flourish in the Asian District and elsewhere in the city.

OKC Mayor Mick Cornett (center) was one of the speakers at the dedication of the new "Brothers in Arms" sculpture. (Marie Mentesana / Red Dirt Report)

Among those in attendance included Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, members of the OKC City Council, State Sen. David Holt, and retired Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, among many others.

As previously reported, the sculpture was created by artist Thomas Jay Warren and was funded by a $210,000 donation from a Vietnamese-American group, which raised an additional $40,000 for other elements of a memorial plaza with the “Brothers in Arms” sculpture as its centerpiece.

The "Brothers in Arms" statue, created by artist Thomas Jay Warren. (Alicia Fraire / Red Dirt Report)

Warren’s deisng was selected through a national competition coordinated by the City’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Warren’s concept was chosen by a 12-person selection committee, who viewed 29 submissions from artists in 14 states.

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