On February 11, 2013 Gia Hoa Ryan and Lt. Colonel Joe Meissner with Vietnamese Garden committee members Debbie Hanson and Dan Hanson met with Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation President Sheila Murphy Crawford to look at potential garden plots. After viewing several plots, they enthusiastically selected the current land. See more from the Garden selection day.
Since then the Vietnamese Cultural Garden committee had organized and grown. Giahoa Ryan is president of the committee. Oahn Loi-Powell is Vice-President, Marcia Nolan is 2nd VP, Joseph Meissner is Treasurer and Will Sanchez is Secretary.
They were joined by others from the Vietnamese American community in Cleveland on the future site of the garden on MLK Blvd. on Sunday August 9, 2015 to salute the flag and make plans for the Vietnamese Garden. They gathered around a flag representing all of Vietnam and sang Tieng Goi Công Dân, which was the national anthem of South Vietnam from 1948 to 1975. It is now called the “Anthem of Free Vietnam”.