The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall returned to American Legion Post 639 in Springfield, Missouri July 2-6, 2020. The Wall, which is about 60% the size of the memorial in Washington, D.C., last appeared in Springfield in 2015 and attracted around 30,000 visitors.
On both of these occasions, members of Women Veterans of SW Missouri, American Legion Post 1214 were on hand to pay special tribute to the women whose names are inscribed on this Wall. Many people may not realize that women soldiers died in Vietnam. But, there were actually eight nurses who did.
The special ceremony included a Post Commander’s welcome, National Anthem (sang and signed), reading and presentation of the Battlefield Cross, and a reading, photo and wreath presentation of the nurses killed in action. Each nurse’s name appeared on the back of Post members’ shirts under the phrase, “Honoring Those Who Paved The Way.”
To learn more about American Military Women Who Died in the Vietnam War, go to thewall-usa.com/women.asp