Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial hosts program to commemorate 40th anniversary of wall in D.C.

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KSBI) – It was a day of recognition and remembrance at Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial. 

Those in attendance recognized the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. while remembering those who fought so valiantly during the Vietnam War. 

The program featured a speech from Major General Jim Bonner of the United States Army, the presentation of colors, and the singing of the National Anthem and God Bless America.

Event Coordinator Stan Shurmantine said each subsequent visit to the wall does not get any less emotional. 

“As I read and learn more stories about some of the individuals whose names are on here, that just continues to build, and so when I visit the wall, I think about some of those very specific individuals and what they went through,” he said.

During his speech, Bonner made note of some of the characteristics shown by the brave men and women who served in Vietnam. 

“Their strong character helped them push through some of the most grueling conditions and some of the very darkest places. Their expertise and competence helped them overcome tremendous challenges presented by the enemy. And their commitment to our nation fueled them to serve selflessly and uphold our American ideas,” he said.

Both Bonner and Shurmantine emphasized the wall’s significance and what visitors can do to pay their respects. 

“We must continue to read their names. We must summon the courage to respectfully ask about and tell their story of service,” Bonner said.

“There cannot be enough words said about what this wall means and what it should mean to everybody,” Shurmantine said.

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