When most people think of the Vietnam War, the first thing that comes to mind is usually not the women who fought in the war. Typically, people remember the highly controversial combat in Vietnam and the polished black granite memorial that has immortalized the names of those who lost their lives. What people don’t think of is the 265,000 women who served in the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War and the nearly 10,000 women who served in-country during the conflict. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation was established to honor the women who served as well as their families who lost their loved ones to the war. The women who served were primarily nurses, but saw all aspects of battle from the hospitals to the field. They gave comfort and aid to the soldiers bravely fighting for our country.
The Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation is a non-profit established in 1984 and located in Washington, D.C. Their goal is to find the civilian and military women who served in the war, and to educate people about their role in giving their lives and efforts in Vietnam. The foundation itself has gained the respect and support of every major Vietnam Veterans group in the country, as they work in common goal to remember and raise funds for the psychological, physical and sociological factors associated with those who served.
On November 11, 1993, The Vietnam Women’s Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. Sculpted by New Mexico artist, Glenna Goodacre, the memorial is the result of a ten-year effort to immortalize, celebrate and remember the women who served in the war. The bronze sculpture sits in the National Mall, a short distance south from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and north of the reflecting pool. Visitors come each year to see the Veterans Memorial and now the Women’s Memorial as well, both honoring the brave soldiers who died in service of our nation.
Sabre Digital Creative had the pleasure of designing the website for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, in an effort to reach a wider audience and spread their message to the global community. For more information on the foundation or to make a donation, please visit their website.