Vietnam’s Forgotten to Be Remembered
Their names may not be eligible for inscription on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial’s black granite walls, but their lives will be remembered at the sixth annual In Memory Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. April 19 at the memorial site.
The event will honor nearly 200 U.S. service personnel who died as a result of noncombat injuries and emotional distress caused by the Vietnam War. Family members will read the names in chronological order by date of death. Tributes will then be placed at the foot of the wall corresponding to each deceased individual’s dates of service. Including this year’s honorees, the Memory Honor Roll now includes about 1,400 people.
During the ceremony, a 2-foot-by-3-foot Vietnam Veterans Memorial In Memory plaque, which will stand at the northeast corner of the Three Servicemen Statue Plaza, will also be unveiled.
For a list of honorees by state, go to www. vvmf.org/index.cfm?SectionID=337.
— Bree Hocking