California Honors 31 Vietnam Veterans
The names of more than 30 Vietnam veterans will soon be added to the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento. The California Vietnam Memorial Name Committee recently agreed to add the names of 31 U.S. service members who sacrificed their lives during the Vietnam War. These names will be unveiled in a special ceremony held at the memorial in Capital Park on March 29, 2015. Ten of the service members are already recognized at the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. There consideration by the name committee now means they will finally be honored, too, by their home state of California.
Also announced by the California Vietnam Memorial Name Committee were the names of 21 sailors who perished aboard the USS Frank E. Evans as it sank in the South China Sea during a training exercise on June 3, 1969.
In a statement, Peter Gravett
, secretary of California Department of Veterans Affairs said, “We are honored to formally recognize the service and sacrifice of our brave men in uniform. Although our recognition is decades late, California’s salute is equally heartfelt and deserved for all of our fallen service members and their families.”
The committee isn’t just looking for the names of those brave men and women who died during the Vietnam war, but those who died as a result of injuries they received while serving their country.
Together with the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs has dedicated the last several years to finding and honoring those who gave their life for their country. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial located in Washington, D.C. lists chronologically the names of more than 58,000 Americans who fought for their country during the conflict, giving their relatives and loved ones an opportunity to remember their service and reflect on their lives.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is currently looking for photos of those who served to be a part of an electronic “Wall of Faces” to accompany the many names etched in stone at the D.C. memorial.
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