Virginia War Memorial
The Virginia War Memorial is considered the preeminent state memorial for American veterans. The memorial is located on a scenic and monumental bank of the James River overlooking the woodland rapids of the river basin as it flows through the City of Richmond – a place of urban, historic, and natural settings. It is a place sacred to Virginia’s veterans and their families. SMBW was selected to design the third and final phase of the complex which will feature the Memorial for the Global War on Terror. Nearly three hundred Virginians from all branches of the service have died in Iraq, Afghanistan, and a number of small dusty places around the globe. SMBW has based the design on research and dialogue with veterans of the Middle Eastern battlefronts, survivor support groups, and experts in the field of death, remembrance and memorialization. | The final form of the Memorial’s Shrine of Memory will derive from the ongoing nature of the conflict, with the ongoing loss and sacrifice being commemorated every month. The project is early in its design stages with expected completion in 2016.