Episode 2623 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast features a story about how the VVMF In Memory Program is working in Spartanburg, SC. The featured story comes from WSPA – TV of Spartanburg, SC and was titled: ‘In Memory’ Program inducts Upstate Veteran ahead of ‘The Wall That Heals’ tour. It was submitted by Olivia Parsons
Parson’s story, tells about Noelle Waddell‘s effort to get her late father Mitchell F. Ward inducted into the VVMF “In Memory” program.
Since the Vietnam War ended, thousands of Vietnam veterans have suffered due to Agent Orange exposure, PTSD and other illnesses as a result of their service. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) believes all those who served in Vietnam should be honored and remembered for their service. The In Memory program enables the families and friends of those who came home and later died the opportunity to have them be forever memorialized.
The plaque on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in Washington, D.C. that honors these veterans was dedicated in 2004 and reads: In Memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice.
In Memory was created in 1993 by the group – Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. VVMF began managing the program and hosting the ceremony in 1999. More than 6,000 veterans have been added to the In Memory Honor Roll since the program began. To see all the honorees, please visit the In Memory Honor Roll.
Noelle said this about her father’s induction in the program;
“I got to say his name in front of all those people and let them know who Mitchell Frank Ward was. To watch each person go up on that platform and say the name of their loved ones and see the emotion of how much they love that person,”
It was sad, but peaceful.
CLICK HERE for more information about how to get a Vietnam Veteran inducted into the “In Memory” program.
Listen to episode 2623 and discover more about how the VVMF In Memory Program is working in Spartanburg, SC.