Vietnam War demonstration from 1968Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Kansas
"Separating the War from the Warriors"
Sunday, May 25, 1986
Less than a year after the November 11, 1982, dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, student leaders from the University of Kansas decided the time had come to properly honor the 59 KU students and alumni who had lost their lives in the country’s most controversial war with a memorial of their own. Originally conceived in the fall of 1983, KU’s planned monument would become the first on-campus commemorative to Vietnam War dead in the country when it was finally dedicated on May 25, 1986.