The design for a veterans memorial in San Francisco has been chosen, according to a press release Thursday from the Arts Commission, which had been mulling three options for the octagonal space in the Civic Center.
The commission worked with the War Memorial Board of Trustees to endorse a proposal that includes a series of three reflective pools with a walkway defined by walls of reflective basalt. One of the walls will be inscribed with a poem by World War I veteran Archibald MacLeish titled “The Young Dead Soldiers Do Not Speak.”
The project’s steering committee has raised nearly $1.8 million for the total $2.5 million cost of the project, including $500,000 for The City to perform maintenance.
Plans for the landmark have been in the works since the 1920s, when original intentions called for a memorial in the landscaped area between the War Memorial Opera House and the Veterans Building containing the octagonal grassy area, which includes soils from famous American battlefields.
Officials with the project, headed by former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, want construction on the new site to begin in September. It is scheduled for a formal dedication on Veterans Day in 2013.
The three options for the memorial, boiled down from a nationwide call for proposals, were on public display at the Veterans Building in June.