To honor Vietnam Veterans LEGOLAND California has added a new scene to Miniland Washington D.C.
It took six people approximately 60 hours to build the mini Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The display is 10-feet-long and made of more than 2,000 LEGO bricks. True to the orientation of the real Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C., one wall in the Miniland Memorial faces the Lincoln Monument and one wall faces the Washington Monument. The scene depicts Miniland veterans and tourists visiting the memorial and even includes mini LEGO flowers laid in honor of those who served in Vietnam.
Instead of traditional LEGO brick, the wall is built using flat-faced plates stacked to give the illusion of the names that make the Vietnam Veterans Memorial so poignant.
The original Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and honors members of the U.S. Armed Forces who fought in the Vietnam War and who died in service or are still unaccounted for. There are 58,261 names listed on the Memorial.
LEGOLAND California honors active duty and retired military year-round with special discount offers available only at military ticket offices. Military offers include free second day tickets and specially-priced annual passes. A 10 percent discount is also available daily at the LEGOLAND gate to all active duty and retired military and their dependents with valid Military I.D.
The Miniland Memorial joins many other monuments in Miniland Washington D.C. including the Iwo Jima Memorial, The Washington Monument and The Lincoln Memorial.
You can kind of get an idea of size by seeing Master Model Builder Gary McIntire kneeling next to it.
I think its kind of funny wording where it says they used “flat faced plates” instead of using “traditional LEGO brick.” The LEGO plate has been around for quite awhile (decades) and is as “traditional” as the average brick. 😉
But other than that, it is a nice tribute to our Vietnam Veterans and a nice new scene for Miniland.
I’d like to add my own thanks to all those Veterans who have fought for freedom everywhere. Happy Veteran’s Day! 🙂