The ceremony for the arrival of The Wall That Heals, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica wall, will include honors for veterans who died after coming home from the war.
The wall will be in Brighton Sept. 2-5 in Carmichael Park, 650 E. Southern St., behind City Hall.
A city of Brighton statement included a request for names and photos of veterans who passed away since they came home for the “In Memory Honor Roll” display.
“Since the Vietnam War ended, thousands of Vietnam veterans have died each year due to Agent Orange exposure, PTSD and suicide, cancer and other causes related to their service,” the statement read. “The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s program seeks to honor those veterans through a digital ‘In Memory’ display when The Wall That Heals is in Brighton.”
The deadline to apply is Friday, March 5. Visit https://www.vvmf.org/In-Memory-Program/. Colorado veterans’ names and pictures will be part of the mobile education center exhibit when the wall comes to Brighton.
“We want to honor as many Vietnam veterans from Colorado as possible. If your loved one served in Vietnam, returned home and later died –we want to be able to proudly display their name and photo in our community,” said a statement from councilman Tim Watts, who has been involved in the effort to bring The Wall That Heals to Brighton. “I encourage members of the community to submit the names of Vietnam veterans who have passed so that we can honor that sacrifice and help keep their memory alive.”
It’s free to include a veteran. Complete a short application and submit the veteran’s DD214 showing their proof of service in Vietnam, a copy of their death certificate and two photographs.
Online remembrance pages include each honoree with their photo and biography. Family members can share the page and leave remembrances about their loved one.
There will be an invitation to In Memory weekend in Washington, D.C., for a ceremony.
during which each honoree’s name is read aloud.
Each applicant also receives a printed personal tribute certificate with their veteran’s photo(s), according to the statement.