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Twenty-one years ago today, November 11, 1993, for the first time in America’s history, a memorial that honors women’s patriotic service was dedicated in our nation’s capital, placed beside their brother soldiers on the hallowed grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial, a multi-figure bronze monument designed by New Mexico sculptor Glenna Goodacre, was the first tangible symbol of honor for American women.

Twenty-one years ago today, November 11, 1993, for the first time in America’s history, a memorial that honors women’s patriotic service was dedicated in our nation’s capital, placed beside their brother soldiers on the hallowed grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial, a multi-figure bronze monument designed by New Mexico sculptor Glenna Goodacre, was the first tangible symbol of honor for American women.

Photographer: Gaynor is pictured in a more recent photograph, honoring his fellow soldiers at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Gaynor is pictured in a more recent photograph, honoring his fellow soldiers at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean war.

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean war.

I show a picture of the brick I bought honoring my Marines of Alpha Company at the Lorain County Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Amherst, Ohio.

I show a picture of the brick I bought honoring my Marines of Alpha Company at the Lorain County Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Amherst, Ohio.

A veteran and member of Rolling Thunder pays tribute to the fallen at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington, D.C., on May 24. The annual Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Motorcycle Run, which took place in Washington on May 24, honors current and former U.S. military members. Pete Marovich, EPA

A veteran and member of Rolling Thunder pays tribute to the fallen at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington, D.C., on May 24. The annual Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Motorcycle Run, which took place in Washington on May 24, honors current and former U.S. military members. Pete Marovich, EPA

(Matthew Carroll) Best Things To See In The USA (according to TripAdvisor):  19. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC (The Vietnam Memorial runs alongside the National Mall with the Lincoln Memorial to the south. It was completed in 1982 and is made up of a wall which has the names of the honoured servicemen inscribed on it. The memorial is also home to a bronze statue of three servicemen and another memorial dedicated to the work of the women who served the United States.)

(Matthew Carroll) Best Things To See In The USA (according to TripAdvisor): 19. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC (The Vietnam Memorial runs alongside the National Mall with the Lincoln Memorial to the south. It was completed in 1982 and is made up of a wall which has the names of the honoured servicemen inscribed on it. The memorial is also home to a bronze statue of three servicemen and another memorial dedicated to the work of the women who served the United States.)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Today we honor Donald Hunter (pictured left) of South Fork, Pennsylvania., who fell on this day in 1968. He is remembered by his cousin, Cheryl.  We also honor Samuel Lance (right) of Chickamauga, Georgia, who fell on this day in 1970. He is remembered by his sister and brother-in-law:   "Your memories live vividly only in my mind. Briggitt has told many stories of you and her as she was growing up, you were a great Brother. You were a hero at home before you…

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Today we honor Donald Hunter (pictured left) of South Fork, Pennsylvania., who fell on this day in 1968. He is remembered by his cousin, Cheryl. We also honor Samuel Lance (right) of Chickamauga, Georgia, who fell on this day in 1970. He is remembered by his sister and brother-in-law: "Your memories live vividly only in my mind. Briggitt has told many stories of you and her as she was growing up, you were a great Brother. You were a hero at home before you…

Penske joined the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) in honoring fallen veterans at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. during Veterans Day 2013. Pictured in the center are Gene Crayton, Immediate Past PVA President, Penske EVP Art Vallely, and PVA National Secretary Larry Dodson.  Photo courtesy of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Penske Truck Rental is currently conducting a major fundraising effort called #OneWay4PVA to benefit the PVA. #veterans #VeteransDay

Penske joined the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) in honoring fallen veterans at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. during Veterans Day 2013. Pictured in the center are Gene Crayton, Immediate Past PVA President, Penske EVP Art Vallely, and PVA National Secretary Larry Dodson. Photo courtesy of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Penske Truck Rental is currently conducting a major fundraising effort called #OneWay4PVA to benefit the PVA. #veterans #VeteransDay

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