Architecture of Our Armed Forces and Veterans
Happy Veterans Day to all of the brave men and women of our armed forces! A heartfelt thank you for everything you've done to defend us and our freedom. Your sacrifices are honored today (and should be everyday). Thank you to my Granddad for your service in World War II and thank you to all of the veteran fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, grandparents and other friends and family from those currently serving to long time vets of World War II and beyond.
Today, on Veterans Day, I was thinking about some of the great architecture that is either on the campuses of our armed force academies or make up the memorials honoring our veterans. Two of my favorites are the U.S. Air Force Academy's Cadet Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.
Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel (Left) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Right)
The Air Force's Chapel was built in 1963 and was designed by Walter Netsch of the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago - who designed it when he was 34 years old. It's seventeen spires make me think of airplanes lined up which seems to fit it's purpose and location. The interior spaces are breathtaking from the Protestant chapel on the main floor to the Catholic, Jewish and all faith rooms on the lower levels. With the beautiful Rocky Mountains and Colorado sky in the background this structure is definitely one to visit if you are ever in the area.
The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial or The Wall made a big impression on me the first time I went to see it in Washington D.C. I was there on Memorial Day weekend and the amount of letters, flowers, and other tokens laying all along the foot of the wall was amazing. It was emotional to view. The shear length of the wall, and the height that goes above your head as you walk along it makes you realize the human toll. The memorial was designed by Maya Ying Lin who was a just 22 year old undergraduate student at Yale University at the time. She won the design competition which featured more than 1,400 entrants.
What are your favorite structures of the U.S. Armed Forces or Memorials that honor our brave Veterans?
by Suzanne Cody
Director of Marketing
Before switching to a marketing role, Suzanne worked on projects for M+A and has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, riding in Pelotonia and eating at Cameron Mitchell restaurants.