Today we laid a wreath to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the groundbreaking of The Wall. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial has helped heal a nation and given us a place to remember all who served and sacrificed. May we never forget
Today marks 35 years since we broke ground for what was to become the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., known now as the Wall. I was one of the speakers that day and am one of the nearly 3 million Americans who served in Vietnam.

Chuck Hagel: Solemn Vietnam Memorial turns 35
#Onthisday in 1982, an official groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Veterans were positioned along the length of the future walls with a shovel. General Price, along with Senators Warner and Mathias and future Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, gave moving addresses before the command was given, and 150 shovels entered the ground with enthusiastic veterans...
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Thank you to all who went above and beyond the call of duty
This Florida county is giving life to the names of the fallen by collecting their photos as a part of the Wall of Faces effort.

Giving life to the names: Plant City leads county’s effort to enhance the Vietnam Memorial
Today we honor Monty Lackas of Columbus, Nebraska, who fell on this day in 1969. He is remembered by his friend Dennis:

"I went to school with Monty, knew his family. Always thought that he was a good kid. I was wanting to see that he is remembered. God speed, Monty, and see you on the other side."

Ensure Monty is never forgotten:
Nurses were shining stars during Vietnam. Lt. Maryann Rowland is just one. She helped the wounded in Oakland, California who did not believe they could overcome their wounds.

Unsung Hero: Navy Nurse ‘brought comfort and healing’ to the wounded
The son of Maj. Charles Morgan came to The Wall for the first time. He said, "I left a picture of your grandson, Danny. I wish you were here to see him."

Morgan's remains were later identified.

Family of Air Force major who went missing in Vietnam in 1966: 'Come home to us if you can'
This Memorial is dedicated to honor the courage, sacrifice, and devotion to duty and country of all who answered the call to serve.

Never forget the more than 58,000 American service members who died in Vietnam or remain unaccounted for. Also remember those we lost to illnesses after the war ended
The Stiger brothers were less than a year apart. Both served in Vietnam.

Greg was killed on November 13, 1968. Edward returned home but took his own life on Dec. 19, 1973.

Greg is honored on The Wall and Edward is remembered through the In Memory program.

Not forgotten: Brothers serve in Vietnam, die years apart
Today we honor Sharon Lane, of Canton, Ohio, who fell in 1969. Sharon is one of eight nurses who died in Vietnam and has a name inscribed on The Wall.

1LT Sharon Ann Lane, U.S. Army was killed by a rocket explosion on June 8, 1969, less than 10 weeks after she arrived in Vietnam. Assigned to the 312th Evacuation Hospital, 1LT Lane was working in the Vietnamese ward of the hospital when the...
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This year's In Memory weekend will be a moving tribute to the Vietnam veterans who have passed away and their families. It will include an optional Friday evening reception for families to meet each other. Here's everything you need to know, from hotels to the In Memory ceremony.

Details | 2017 In Memory Weekend is June 16 - June 18
Today we honor Billy Wright of Stanton, Tennessee, who fell in 1968. Today would have been his birthday. He is remembered by his sister Deb:

"The war that changed us forever... we saw the carnage of guerrilla warfare nightly on TV. Many of the generation learned not to trust its government. The war to contain communism... 58,220 Americans dead. This... I did not comprehend at age 10. What I...
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Many people visit the more than 58,000 names inscribed in black granite. A photographer snapped this photo of a Vietnam veteran reading a name. It's as if the war divided two men in time and memories. Perhaps the veteran is coming to terms with surviving and that a friend did not, or that a part of him disappeared with the fallen. May we never forget.
As part of the commemoration of The Wall’s 35 Anniversary, we will host the Reading of the Names of the more than 58,000 service members inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. It will take place from Nov. 7th through Nov. 10th.

Registration to participate in the Reading of the Names will open on April 3rd.

2017 Reading of The Names Registration Opens April 3
Seasons change. Honoring veterans is every day of the year.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was intended to be reflective and contemplative in character, harmonize with its surroundings, contain the names of all who died or remain missing, and make no political statement about the war.

Thankful for this powerful tribute
Next Sunday we will lay a wreath to commemorate the day we broke ground for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Short remarks will be given by Jan Scruggs and Bob Doubek.

Were you at any of the dedication events 35 years ago?

35th Anniversary Wreath-Laying of Groundbreaking of The Wall set for March 26
The Wall That Heals is in St. George, Utah this weekend and many have come out to visit. “There’s a spirit that’s here and you don’t have to be a veteran to feel it..."

Traveling Vietnam Memorial creates sacred place of healing for veterans
Today we honor Hardy Calloway of Pensacola, Florida, who fell on this day in 1969. He is remembered by his wife, Dee:

"Hardy will always be remembered by those he served with in the Army, his football classmates at Fairhope High, and forever missed by those who will love and remember him forever especially Dee and daughter, Kimberly."

Ensure Hardy is never forgotten→ [ Link ]