On a trip from Steamboat Springs CO to Moab UT, we passed through Fruita CO and noticed this Việt Nam war memorial.
Me standing in front of the memorial.
The base of the memorial is in the shape of a 101st Airborne patch: You can walk around it and read the names of all those who served in any branch of the military during the war, 1959-1975, and who have asked that their names be engraved on the wall. The panels are made of granite, like the memorial in DC, but honor all who served, not only the dead.
On the top of the shield, there are two platforms. One explains the Việt Nam service ribbon.
The other lists the Western Slope casualties in Việt Nam.
The panel out front describes the Field of Dreams memorial.
It’s been almost 36 years since I was there, but seeing or hearing
a Huey brings it all back. I revisited Việt
Nam in 2002; I’d go again in a minute.
You can read more about the monument’s history and developers at the
Field of Dreams website.