Evans returns to Washington, D.C., for 30th anniversary of memorial dedication

A Helena woman is back in Washington, D.C., this Veterans Day weekend to say hello to old friends she served with in Vietnam and to remember those who never came home or have died since.

Diane Carlson Evans poses for a photograph in Helena’s Memorial Park in this 2018 file photo. Carlson Evans is releasing a new book about her 10-year struggle to get the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial was completed in 1993.

Thom Bridge,

Diane Carlson Evans, a registered nurse, retired Army captain and founder and president emeritus of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, will be in the nation’s capital for the 30th anniversary observance of the memorial’s dedication on the National Mall honoring the women who served during the Vietnam War.

“We have a lot of people coming in,” the 76-year-old Evans said in a telephone interview Wednesday as she packed in her Helena home. “We are not young anymore.”

She said the women have gathered every five years for three decades to commiserate.

“I can’t believe it has been this long,” Evans said.

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