1097 – Great message for Vietnam Vets from Grand Forks


Episode 1097 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a letter to the editor of the Grand Forks Herald that delivers a wonderful message to all Vietnam Veterans. The letter was titled: Letter: Sympathize with efforts of Vietnam veterans and was submitted by Michael Rood.

It seems recently on a gray wintry day in Columbus, Georgia Michael Rood and a friend were touring the National Infantry Museum located in that city. One of the exhibits they visited was the 8-foot-high, 240-foot-long replica of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. It has a black, faux-granite reflective surface inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 servicemen and women who died or are missing in Vietnam.

The replica at the National Infantry Museum at Columbus was commissioned in 1990 by Dignity Memorial – a funeral, cremation and cemetery service provider. It is a ¾-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. and has been displayed at 217 locations across the country. Dignity elected to retire the replica from traveling and made a deal with the Museum to provide a permanent home and maintenance for the exhibit in perpetuity.

Rood was taken emotionally when he saw the replica at the Museum with the 58,315 names of the fallen heroes who gave their lives in Vietnam for our country inscribed on its black, faux-granite reflective surface. He was humbled and shaken to the core. He was awed when he realized the enormity of the fact that every name on the Wall represented a mother or loved one whose life was forever changed when they lost their loved one in Vietnam.

He was moved to write a letter to the editor of the Grand Forks Herald that proposed a noble project for that city to honor its Vietnam Veterans.

Listen to episode 1097 of this podcast and discover the wonderful message from a citizen in North Dakota to all Vietnam Veterans.

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