Veterans Memorial pays tribute to National Vietnam Veterans Day

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – The Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum is paying tribute to all local Vietnam Veterans whose names are forever inscribed on the Vietnam Wall at 2122 O’Day Road.

The tribute will start at 11 am on March 25th. National Vietnam Veterans Day is actually on March 29th but the Veterans Memorial Shrine and Museum will pay their respects on Saturday, March 25th so more Vietnam Veterans and families can attend. The program will include an Honor Guard from Marine Corp League #1435.

Thomas Schmitt will read the soldiers prayer and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The National Anthem will be performed by Lisa McDavid. Commander Greg Bedford will introduce the guest speaker former Chief Warrant Officer Jeff Goshert. Jeff is a local veteran who flew helicopters in Vietnam. Following Mr. Goshert’s remarks, a total of 12 Vietnam Veterans from the area, will read the names of all Allen County soldiers and veterans from surrounding counties who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedoms in Vietnam.

Teresa Collins, a retired Air Force nurse will read the names of all 8 women nurses whose names appear on the wall, in honor of National Women’s Month. Wreaths from various organizations will be placed at the wall. Eric Johnson Vice Commander will deliver closing remarks followed by the playing of taps by Thomas Schmitt.