“Some came back broken and some humble…but they will not be forgotten,” expressed by one of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter #617’s members recognizing the fallen at a ceremony on Nov. 2, 2013. The event was held at the War Memorial located on the grounds of the McCoart Government Complex.
November is a month filled with giving thanks for many things, but what was most important to this group of veterans that showed up today was to remember those whom we should all recognize for their sacrifice and patriotism.
VVA Chapter #617 focused on the 22 Vietnam War veterans listed on the Memorial. However, they found themselves discussing and remembering each significant historical moment etched into the granite. Once the invocation and ceremony concluded, the “Taps” began to play in the background as they saluted the part these brave souls played in this country’s past.
The War Memorial located at Freedom Park is a serene place to recognize those who gave their lives during World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and a Honor Roll for those who were lost in the Middle East. Freedom Park is located on the grounds of the McCoart Government Complex in between the complex and Prince William Parkway. The Park also includes a memorial fountain dedicated to those in the community who died in the attacks on Sep. 11, 2001.