Northport VA Medical Center
Honoring Service by Remembering those Who Served
When the Dignity Memorial replica of the Vietnam War Memorial was installed for one week in Fall 2011, hundreds of Veterans, students, community members and staff came to view it in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Garden Courtyard. Some made rubbings of their loved one's names inscribed on the Wall. Others took a quiet moment to remember the men and women who served and sacrificed in Vietnam. As the "Wall that Heals" moved on to its next location, the Vietnam Veterans of the Northport VAMC felt a void created by its absence.
"It was amazing to see how the Wall touched so many people," says Richard Kitson, President of the Suffolk County Vietnam Veterans of America and Chief of Voluntary Service at Northport VAMC. "So a group of us got together and decided to build our own monument, honoring all Veterans from all wars."
After almost two years of hard work and deliberation, four-tons of black granite stones laser etched with imagery from American wars came together to form Northport VAMC's Wall of Wars monument. After seeing the beautiful imagery of the first stone placed, the Vietnam War panel, the others were quickly sponsored by generous and patriotic donors across Long Island.
In January 2014, the last of 12 stones were placed. Now the monument stands as a lasting tribute to the men and women who fought for our nation's independence and freedom.
These feature articles and many others are previewed in the Spring 2014 issue of the VA NY/NJ Veterans Healthcare Network's Veterans Healthcare Advantage Wellness Magazine