Vietnam Women's Memorial, Washington DC

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The Vietnam Women's Memorial is a memorial dedicated to the nurses and women of the United States who served in the Vietnam War. It depicts three uniformed women with a wounded soldier and serves as a reminder of the important support and caregiving roles that women played in the war as nurses, air traffic controllers, communication specialists, etc. It is part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and is located in National Mall in Washington D.C., a short distance south of The Wall and north of the Reflecting Pool.
Diane Carlson Evans, RN, a former Army nurse, founded the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project (now the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation) in 1984. The monument was designed by Glenna Goodacre and dedicated as part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on November 11, 1993.
The memorial has been described as appropriate as it depicts nurses giving medical care in the field when such primary care was not only given by nurses but U.S. Army medics and U.S. Navy corpsmen. Nurses also worked in military hospitals behind the front lines.
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  • I have been to the Vietnam Memorial more than twenty times. My brother and brother-in-law served in the military in Vietnam in the later 1960s and early 1970s. I feel that I honor their service as.....  more »
  • As it is just a few steps from the Vietnam Wall, its definitely worth a short visit. Its under trees so nice to just sit and contemplate,  more »
  • A monument dedicated to the women who were there, trying to help the soldiers in need. Very peaceful, nearby to the Three Servicemen Statue and the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial. The names of the three women are Hope, Faith, and Charity. See if you can guess who is who, by looking at the expressions on the faces and what they're doing.
  • This is a very strong memorial to the women that served in Vietnam which depicts three life size female nurses tending a wounded soldier. With the majority of women being nurses during the war but not all the women in Vietnam were from the military services the vast majority were civilians that volunteered. They served with various organizations that were there to support the various military services like the Red Cross, United Service Organizations, Catholic Relief Services and other humanitarian organizations and news correspondents. **** With very few statues depicting woman in history this is a change and should continue being something that there should be more of around the country.

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