(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
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.
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*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
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.