The Vietnam War continues to claim lives.
Each day obituaries in this country are filled with the names of Vietnam veterans who have died as a result of their service to this country, whether the cause was Agent Orange related cancer, a suicide, diabetes, heart attack or liver failure due to Hepatitis C.
These brave individuals did not have their names carved on the Vietnam War Memorial, but their sacrifices were no less valuable.
And for many still living the war has never ended, because they carry it personally within them every day.
The In Memory Program recognizes the sacrifices made by the veterans who served in Vietnam, both living and deceased, and their families. It honors them in a special ceremony at the The Wall meant to provide healing and connection.
You can read a snippet of the article below.
More than 40 years after the war’s end, Vietnam Veterans and their families are still feeling the effects of their service. There are 58,307 names that meet the Department of Defense’s criteria to be listed on The Wall. However, there are many more who returned home, but whose lives were cut short by their service in Vietnam. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) believes that all those who served should be honored and recognized.
In 2004, a plaque was dedicated as part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site. The plaque reads: In Memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice.
Since 1999, VVMF’s In Memory program has acknowledged the hardships these Veterans and their families went through after the war ended and honors their sacrifices through a special ceremony. The In Memory program is a way that all Vietnam Veterans can have a connection to The Wall and be honored in the place our country has set aside to honor them.
“The In Memory ceremony is really a healing ceremony for Veteran’s families. Our Veterans gave so much to their country and deserve to be honored. To share memories and acknowledge each other’s suffering gives families validation that their loved ones are not forgotten. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to honor our loved ones in this public ceremony.”
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Featured image sourced from In Memory Day 2013 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall