The Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, DC is a tribute to the US women who served in the Vietnam War, as well as paying homage to the families who lost love ones during the conflict. The bronze memorial features three women and one wounded man; dedicated on Nov. 11, 1993, it is a part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in National Mall.
In the Vietnam War, women served both military and civilian roles. One of the most frequent civilian jobs was as a nurse in the US Army, Air Force or Navy. The women were not safe by any means, even sometimes going into bunkers to care for wounded soldiers.
The Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation established the monument. It provides an excellent way to educate the public about the role of US females who served in the war. While many people think immediately of the male combat soldiers who jeopardized their lives in the war, these women were also part of the war efforts and heroes in their own right.
Glenna Goodacre sculpted an amazing piece of art when she crafted the Women’s Memorial. It is a creative design as it does not focus solely on one point in time or one person. It features a woman taking care of a wounded male soldier, a woman praying (hidden in the top post photo) and there is a fourth figure, which is a woman looking thoughtfully into the distance. Perhaps the latter woman is pondering the tragedies of war, including death, depression and PTSD.
When the bronze statue was first dedicated in 1993, it was the first national monument that paid tribute to women veterans. On the dedication day, there was a women’s march and several other scheduled activities. The statue is part of a larger tribute to all veterans of the war, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall that has the names of 58,000 Americans killed in Vietnam etched into it.
The Vietnam Women’s Memorial aims to bring awareness to the American women who served in the Vietnam War, mourning those who lost their lives in the war as well as educating the public about the important female roles. The women were brave and caring. They are most deserving of this monument.
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