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Monday, April 20, 2009

Alabama man honored at Vietnam Memorial today

Today, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund posthumously honored 123 American heroes from the Vietnam War--including one from Alabama-- during the In Memory Day Ceremony at the Wall this morning.

Edgar Lee Day of Thorsby was served in Vietnam. He died on April 9, 2002. He was honored today at the ceremony.

In Memory Day was created to honor those who died prematurely from noncombat injuries and emotional suffering caused directly by the Vietnam War, but who do not qualify under DOD rules to have their names added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

During the ceremony, loved ones will read the names of all those who are being inducted into the In Memory Program, then tributes to them will be placed at The Wall. This is the 11th annual In Memory Day. Overall, more than 1,800 individuals have been honored through this program.

To learn more about In Memory Day, read the press release here:

To see a list of this year's honorees and their hometowns, click here:


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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