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By Mary Miller
The In Memory Plaque on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a flat stone with the inscription: “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.”

It sits near the “Three Servicemen” statue without the benefit of a sign describing it. Many people, unfortunately, stand on the plaque because it is one of the best places to take a picture of The Wall.

This plaque honors those who have died since returning from the Vietnam War. It pays tribute to the many whose names are not on The Wall, but who also died in service to their country. My husband Tom passed away in 1993 from Agent Orange. He served three tours in Vietnam.

VVA and AVVA have been working on steps to make people more aware of the In Memory Plaque.

Many of us have written letters to our members of Congress. We tell them that no names are on the plaque, but it means a lot to many Americans.

The National Park Service has already re-grouted it since the plaque was dedicated in July 2004. It is showing wear again. NPS has notified us that a special paint will be used as needed to keep the plaque readable.

We were told it would have lighting and a chain around it and signs to tell everyone about what it is. We need your support. Please write to your Congressman and Senators to insist that the place be designated and treated with respect

 

 

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