The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park is the result of several years of fundraising through the Project Welcome Home campaign, which provided support for the restoration of the park's centerpiece, the B-52G Stratofortress 59-2584 Midnight Express, and the transformation of a previously vacant lot into a a space for reflection and remembrance of the sacrifices of Vietnam War veterans.
The B-52 flew during Operation Linebacker II and sat quietly at Paine Field in Everett, WA for 28 years before Project Welcome Home's restoration gave it a new life. Visitors can admire the plane up close while also remembering the nearly 10,000 other U.S. military aircraft lost during the war.
A Vietnam airman statue carrying a folded American flag joins the plane; created by artist James J. Nance, the airman represents all those who returned home from combat, while the flag represents those who did not return.
The park also features a Tribute Wall with plaques that carry the names of many who served during the Vietnam War. The plaques are personalized with names, military rank and other information, and appear on the wall along the footpath around the B-52.
The park is free to the public and is open from sunrise to sunset.