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Sheridan College honors female veterans at its Veterans Plaza

*Feature photo: Women who have served in the armed forces gathered around the podium today. / Pitchengine Communities* (Sheridan, Wyo.) — In the fall of 1983, in Washington, D.C., Diane Carlson Evans, a U.S. Army Nurse who served during Vietnam, was painfully aware that there was no monument to her service or to the service of the many other women who volunteered in an active combat zone during the Vietnam era. For 10 years, she worked to get the Vietnam Women's Memorial placed in a spot of honor in the nation's capital, finally reaching that goal in 1993. Fast-forward to this time last year, when Sheridan College President Dr. Paul Young invited the founder of the Vietnam Women's Memorial to speak at the Sheridan College commencement ceremony. She told Dr. Young her story. And he realized: There was no marker of the many women who have served in the United States armed forces at the Sheridan College Veteran's Plaza. "And he immediately said, 'How do we get a sculpture of women in our plaza?'" Carlson Evans said to a crowd today at the Vietnam Women's Memorial Replica Dedication. In an emotional ceremony, several people said that Vietnam-era veterans returned home from service to a less-than-welcoming nation. Women who served were all but forgotten. But today, things are different. "You are the patriots and pioneers," Colonel David W. Herder, Vice Commander, 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard, Cheyenne, told the crowd of Vietnam veterans today. "It is because of you that we can return home today to a receptive public." Over 265,000 women, all volunteers, served during the Vietnam era. "Some gave their lives ... some returned home bearing wounds we could not see," Chaplain Carol Carr, Chief of Chaplain Services at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center said. "Bless us, bless this plaza ... and in particular, bless this replica statue." [image: Inline image 3][image: Inline image 1] *Veterans lined the Sheridan College entrance today. / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 2] *Young addresses the crowd. / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news