ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Three Soldiers Monument, Florida
ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Three Soldiers Monument, Florida
Three Soldiers Monument
Dedicated on July 12, 2008, the Three Soldiers
Monument in Apalachicola, Florida, honors all of
those from the South who served in Vietnam.
Three Soldiers Monument
Cast from the original molds
of the Three Soldiers Statue
at the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial in Washington,
D.C., the beautiful monument
is in Apalachicola, Florida.
A Moving Memorial
The statue is a beautiful way
to commemorate the services
of those from the South who
served in Vietnam.
Three Soldiers Monument - Apalachicola, Florida
Soldiers of the South in Vietnam
Park at the Monument
The monument is the focal
point of a beautiful park that is
adjacent to the Chapman
Botanical Garden and the
Orman House Historic State
Park.
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The focal point of a beautiful park, the Three
Soldiers Monument in
Apalachicola, Florida,
pays honor to the Southern solders who
served in Vietnam.

The monument was cast from the original
molds of sculptor Frederick Hart's stunning
Three Soldiers statue that stands at the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington,
D.C. It was funded by the Frederick Hart
estate and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Fund and was cast in 2008.

An informational stone at the monument
describes its purpose well:

Dedicated this 12th day of July, 2008 in
memory of those persons from the South who
valiantly served their country during the
Vietnam War (1959 - 1975). Their
commitment to their country, to freedom and
to each other will long be honored by this
memorial which represents, for all time, the
human face of those who served.

It is a little known fact that nearly one-third of
the casualties experienced by the United
States during the Vietnam War were suffered
by Southerners. Of the 58,193 men and
women estimated by the National Archives to
have been killed in Vietnam, a total of 17,831
of them were from the South:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia

The average age of those killed was only 20
and most died in combat in the Republic of
Vietnam (South Vietnam), although men and
women also lost their lives in North Vietnam,
Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Communist
China.

You can learn more about the Americans
who lost their lives in the Vietnam War by
visiting the National Archives site on the war.
Please click here for direct access without
leaving our site.

The monument in Apalachicola is especially
unique because it is the only authorized copy
of the original that can be seen anywhere in
the United States. It is surrounded by a very
nice park area that adjoins the Orman House
Historic State Park and the Chapman
Botanical Garden on North Market Street.
The original sculpture interacts with the
moving black wall of the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial in Washington, D.C. The soldiers
in the statue depict American warriors of the
Vietnam War era who watch over the wall,
standing vigil and paying tribute to the tens of
thousands of names listed on it.

Sculptor Frederick Hart was born in Atlanta in
1943 and died in Baltimore in 1999. He said
once that he believed that art must "touch our
lives, our fears and cares - evoke our dreams
and give hope to the darkness."

The Three Soldiers Monument does just that,
as the soldiers appear to be emerging from
the darkness into the light.

Officially called "Three Soldiers, Detail," the
Apalachicola sculpture can be accessed
from the common parking lot that serves the
memorial park, the
Orman House Historic
State Park and the Chapman Botanical
Gardens. From U.S. 98 in downtown
Apalachicola, just travel north on Market
Street and you will see the entrance on your
left.

The park containing the monument is open
daily from 8 a.m. until sunset and is free to
visit.
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