Sheridan may become home to a replica of the Vietnam Women's Memorial statue

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — In 2014, the City of Sheridan declared April 7 as Vietnam Veterans' Remembrance Day. The day is now an annual event. And soon, Sheridan may be home to the nation's only miniature replica of the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation statue, which stands over eight feet high in Washington, D.C. Once funds are raised, the replica will have a spot of honor at the Sheridan College Veterans' Plaza. On Monday, Sheridan resident and local developer Paul Del Rossi approached the Sheridan City Council to request $5,000 in funding for the $25,000 replica statute. Vietnam Women's Memorial Founder Diane Carlson Evans visited Sheridan years back, and asked Del Rossi and Sheridan College President Paul Young if they would house the replica. "She said to us, 'Dr. Young, if I could get a copy of that statue ... a replica of the women's statue, would you place it here?' And we said we would be honored to," Del Rossi said. [image: Inline image 1] *Del Rossi presents in front of the city council Monday.* This week also marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. "So tonight is a very special proposal to me. It is a proposal to honor veterans, all veterans, but especially women veterans and women civilians who have served during combat or war times," De Rossi said. "Historically, the city council has been a leader and very supportive of veterans in our community, and more recently, Vietnam veterans." Councilor Thayer Shafer said his wife was a Red Cross nurse during the Vietnam War. Over $20,000 has been raised by the the Sheridan community, Del Rossi said, and the sculpture will likely be dedicated at Sheridan College on May 5 along with a commemorative quilt made by local women. The city tabled the request for funding, though all were supportive of the sculpture. Several councilors said they want to make sure that with the fiscal strains on the city, the funding comes from a source that could not otherwise be used for operational expenses. #dally #news