40 Years Later, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Stands as Lasting Statement on War and Remembrance.

Happy Veterans Day! This post comes from Military.com. “President Ronald Reagan wasn’t coming because of what the White House called “security concerns” and so it fell to a veteran who had been a prisoner of war for more than eight years to represent the administration at the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Nov. 11, 1982.

Retired Navy Cmdr. Everett Alvarez, the first U.S. aviator to be captured by the North Vietnamese when his A-4 Skyhawk was shot down in August 1964, took on the task of speaking at the dedication with some doubts about the memorial’s design.” Click here to read the rest of this article.

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