Vietnam War Veterans Memorial Unveiled


Friday March 29 was National Vietnam War Veteran’s Day and this year’s anniversary holds special significance for the CSRA. After months of hard work, the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial was unveiled in Augusta Friday afternoon.

Hundreds of people came to Olde Town for the unveiling of the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial and a powerful ceremony. 

The project championed by Dr. James Brady III holds the names of 3 POWs, 1 MIA and 169 men and women from the CSRA who gave their lives for our nation in Vietnam. 

We are here today to honor those 169 as well as the 15 thousand plus Vietnam veterans who call Augusta and the CSRA home, Brady said to the crowd at the start of the ceremony. 

Veterans came to the wall to find the names of their friends. 

I lost some good friends 50 years ago in Vietnam, says veteran Ron Carrne. I thank everybody who organized this. It’s nice to be honored after so many years.

It is rare to be in the presence of a Medal of Honor recipient, but many were on Friday as Major General James E. Livingston was the keynote speaker. 

It touched my soul, said veteran Carl Miller about Livingston’s speech. That was heart-warming, really it was. 

The fixture near 4th Street on Broad is there to commemorate the sacrifice made by Vietnam War veterans and their families. 

Thank God Augusta, Georgia, the CSRA is as great as it is to their veterans because even after this many years we finally did it and many many cities and communities haven’t done anything, so I’m thankful, says Miller. 

The Vietnam War Memorial Initiative raised more than $100,000 during the past 18 months, to fund the project and the memorial was placed on site March 18. 

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