Fallen soldiers of Vietnam remembered
Just steps away from the Vietnam Memorial, 93 fallen soldiers are remembered. They were fathers, brothers, uncles and sons were remembered for their service during one of the most controversial wars in U.S. history.
Though the fallen soldiers died because of the Vietnam War, they don’t meet the criteria to be added to the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
The names on the Vietnam War Memorial are for those killed in combat. The troops honored Monday died as a result of the war – mostly from exposure to agent orange or untreated post traumatic stress disorder-related issues.
“Makes me very sad because he did die as a result of the war it shouldn't matter if he was KIA (killed in action) or not,” said Donna Morsovillo, who said her brother died from exposure to agent orange. “Because he did die because of the war, he gave his life to our country.”
Jamie Banks along with her mother Judy, came from Connecticut to see her father added to the list of the fallen. She recalled that her father was an amazing person who was supportive and always wanted what was best for his children. Judy Banks said the memorial was an emotional experience.
“It's a lot more emotional than I thought it was going to be, just seeing how many people the war affected,” Judy Banks said.
Paul Stancliff, a Vietnam veteran, and his wife take part in the service every year. As a veteran himself, he understands why the separation is so sensitive.
“If they could be put on the wall, then they could come down they could see they could touch, they can feel and go through that, but this at least gives them hopefully some of that closure,” he said.
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