Design for US LGBTI memorial unveiled
The US National LGBT Veterans Memorial Project has unveiled the design for a permanent memorial honouring LGBTI veterans in D.C.’s Congressional Cemetery.
The project’s website states, “Our mission is to raise funds and construct an LGBT Veterans Memorial in our nations capital. The funds raised in support of this project will be used to build a memorial at Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC. This memorial will be a visible and lasting testament to the contribution gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender service members have made to the security of the United States.”
The memorial will be comprised of three large monoliths positioned in the shape of a triangle, a nod to the gay rights movement, and will feature the six emblems of the US military: the Air Force, Marines, Army, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. A flagpole and an inscription explaining the monuments significance will be at the centre of the triangle. The monument will stand in a corner of the cemetery were 6 openly gay veterans are already buried. Most notable among those buried there is Vietnam War veteran Leonard Matlovich whose tombstone famously reads “A Gay Vietnam Veteran / When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.” Matlovich was the first man in the military to publicly come out.
While the Congressional Cemetery is not a government cemetery many notable senior US officials are buried there.
See below for a look at the newly unveiled memorial design.