Situated on 136 acres of Klamath National Forest land, backdropped by magnificent Mount Shasta, the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden (LMSG) near Weed, California is a place to remember and honor veterans from all wars. Its not just for veterans though, it is a place for families, friends, and anyone affected by conflicts from the Revolutionary War through present time. The metal sculptures here are powerful symbols that represent the life experiences and personal incidents of artist Dennis Smith, a Vietnam War Marine Corps sergeant.
In addition to 11 metal sculptures, the Garden also features a picnic area, restrooms, and the Hot LZ Memorial Wall. Two helicopter sculptures showing figures in action— piloting, providing cover and assisting a comrade on board— are perched atop the Wall. There is also a bronze plaque honoring LTC Ace Cozzalio, a decorated helicopter pilot, and a founding member of the LMSG. For a donation of $100, the name of any honorably-discharged veteran, living or dead, can be added to the Wall.
In the words of sculptor Dennis Smith, “Through the arts we have the means to peacefully consider violence and to ask questions as well as to offer possible solutions.”
The next time you’re traveling through this area, stop and admire the art at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden while doing a little considering of your own.