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Project Proposals:

Larry Kirkland & J. Douglass Macy

Norman Lee, Scott Slaney & Ricardo Supiciche

Susan Narduli & Andrea Cochran

Proposal Overview

Project Proposal: Larry Kirkland & J. Douglass Macy

Larry Kirkland & J. Douglass Macy


The proposed design for the San Francisco Veterans Memorial is carefully conceived to respect the Beaux-Arts grandeur of the site as well as the original memorial designed by Thomas Church. The proposed memorial is intimate in scale, inviting human touch and participation and providing an important counterpoint to the monumental character of the adjacent architecture. Within the heroic civic space, the individual is honored by this modest, human-scaled memorial.

The memorial is sited adjacent to the existing Thomas Church octagon. Improvements include granite curbs and inscriptions, to invite visitors into the space from the street and activate the Court. The focal point of the new memorial is a folded flag cast in bronze, elevated above a calm reflecting pool. The flag resonates with memorial traditions from all branches of service, throughout the nation's history, and is intended to invite human touch and participation. The artwork and water feature use white honed granite to reflect the Civic Center materials, while offering a uniquely intimate experience to the Court.

Memorial Inscriptions:
“...let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
-President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1954 Veterans Day Proclamation

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”
- President  George Washington

Larry Kirkland & J. Douglass Macy  

Entry view into Memorial Court – Inscriptions:
The San Francisco Veterans Memorial

The Sacred Ground within the Octagon is earth collected from battlefields throughout the world where United States Armed Forces fought and sacrificed

The bronze folded American Flag rests on a plinth containing earth collected from Veterans Cemeteries to honor sacrifice of all individuals through all generations who have served their country
View towards City Hall over the existing Thomas Church octagon - Inscriptions: Duty, Honor, Country
Bronze Flag (Caption)
The folded flag is a symbol of honor and respect that resonates with veterans of all branches of military service, representing America’s gratitude for the sacrifices of those who served.
Larry Kirkland & J. Douglass Macy   Larry Kirkland & J. Douglass Macy
Larry Kirkland & J. Douglass Macy   Larry Kirkland & J. Douglass Macy
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Kirland and Macy Proposal    


About Media Resources The Memorial Site   Welcome Introduction:
The San Francisco Veterans Memorial Site
The San Francisco Veterans Memorial will honor a 75-year promise to our nation’s military veterans by installing a Veterans Memorial in the Memorial Court, located between the War Memorial Veterans Building and Opera House. Landscape architect Thomas D. Church’s original 1920’s vision called for a memorial and the Veterans Memorial Steering Committee is raising private funds for its design, installation and maintenance.



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