The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Legacy of Healing and Hope
Vietnam Women's Memorial
Inspired to tell the story of all Vietnam-era women, former Army nurse Diane Carlson Evans worked with thousands of veterans to create the Vietnam Women's Memorial. Dedicated on November 11, 1993, Glenna Goodacre's sculptural grouping joins the national "circle of healing" that begins at the Three Servicemen Statue, and continues past the Wall and the Women's Memorial to the In Memory plaque.
This first memorial in the nation's capital to honor the military service of women completes the public tribute to the veterans of the Vietnam War. The names of seven Army nurses and one Air Force nurse appear on the Wall. The eight trees surrounding this memorial mark their sacrifice.
Erected by National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C. - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Location. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20037, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vietnam Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Alaska and Hawaii (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); National Academy of Sciences (about 700 feet away); Lincoln Memorial (about 700 feet away); Albert Einstein - The Einstein Memorial (about 700 feet away); Pharmacists' War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Korean War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Ericsson Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in The National Mall.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photograph of an awards ceremony captioned: During the Vietnam War, many military women received meritorious service awards like the Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Air Medal.
In the lower center and right are photographs of service women on duty. Over one thousand women were employed as photojournalists, clerks, typists, intelligence officers, translators, flight controllers, and band leaders. Despite the lack of national recognition, these women demonstrated courage, commitment, and sacrifice.
Civilian military women supported American efforts by tending to the sick, wounded, and orphaned. Following long hours of assigned duties, many women volunteered their free time to MedCAP (Medical Civil Assistance Program) activities.
Regarding A Legacy of Healing and Hope. The eight service women who died in the Vietnam War are Mary Therese Klinker, Eleanor Grace Alexander, Hedwig Diane Orlowski, Carol Ann Elizabeth Drazba, Elizabeth Ann Jones, Pamela Dorothy Donovan, Annie Ruth Graham, and Sharon Ann Lane. Klinker was the Air Force nurse of the eight.
Also see . . .
1. Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial was established not only to honor those women who served, but also for the families who lost loved ones in the war, so they would know about the women who provided comfort, care, and a human touch for those who were suffering and dying.
2. American Military and Civilian Women Who Died in Vietnam. From the Virtual Wall. Details regarding the eight military women and additional information about some of the American civilian women who died during the course of the Vietnam War.
3. The Sculptor's Explanation of the Figures. A copy of Glenna Goodacre's explanation of the sculpture given at the time of dedication.
Categories. • War, Vietnam •
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