Aloft on its pedestal is the most recognized helicopter type in the world – the Bell UH-1, better known as the `Huey.` Thousands of lives were literally saved because of the dependability of the Huey and bravery of her crews. It stands as a humanitarian symbol that brought compassion and lifesaving during this time in our history.
The center plaza of the park forms the `Shou` symbol meaning `long life` or `longevity` in Asian culture. In the middle of the `Shou` symbol, as on the side of the Huey, is a red cross which is the Western symbol for medical attention or mercy. The Red Cross sign often indicates helicopter-landing pads for life-flight helicopters. Here, it marks the landing pad for the suspended Huey in its approach landing formation.