Contest Announced for LGBT Veterans Memorial Design

Leonard Matlovich's Tombstone in Congressional CemeteryLast week, a story in the Washington Blade announced a contest to design a National LGBT Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.’s historic Congressional Cemetery.

The National LGBT Veterans Memorial Project is inviting artists to enter a competition for the design of a monument “to honor LGBT Veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.” The monument will be part of the memorial.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. and Chair of the project’s board Nancy Russell stated that the group has obtained a contract with the Congressional Cemetery for monument site.

“The time has come for those of us who were forced to serve in silence to honor our fellow veterans with a dignified and impressive memorial in our national capital,” Russell said. “The National LGBT Veterans Memorial will be a fitting testament to those who have served our nation with honor.”

According to the project’s website, the project’s concept is to create a memorial garden where Veterans can inter remains/ashes in a community of other proud LGBT Veterans.

Throughout history gay veterans have served in our nation’s military services. Until September of 2011 they had to do so in silence. The time has come to erect a memorial to all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members past, and present, who answered this nation’s call to service. The funds raised through this site will be used to build a memorial at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC to commemorate that service. A monument will be erected and LGBT Veterans will be able to memorialize their service on the site. The memorial will be a visible and lasting testament to the contribution gay, lesbian,bisexual, and transgender service members have made to the security of the United States.

A deadline for design submissions is presently set for October 15, 2013; find more information on the competition here…