When the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall recently made its only stop in Missouri, a Fort Leonard Wood chaplain was there to provide religious support.
The Douglas County Veterans Memorial Association worked to bring “The Wall That Heals” to the central Missouri area. Among the activities during the wall’s five-day stay in Ava, Missouri, was a “field service” provided by Chap. (Maj.) Daryl Densford, Chaplain Resource Manager at Fort Leonard Wood.
Dressed in a Vietnam-style uniform, Densford used one of his Vietnam-era chaplain kits to provide worship and Communion for about 60 visitors to the wall Sept. 22.
While there, Densford took the opportunity to educate visitors on the ministry of chaplains both during the Vietnam War and today and talked to many veterans and family members who had vivid memories of that time in American history.
Later in the day, Densford provided the prayer at the Honors Ceremony, which included addresses by Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons, state Rep. Lynn Morris, Ava Mayor David Norman and College of the Ozarks President Jerry Davis.
“It was a great honor to represent the Chaplain Corps and Fort Leonard Wood at this event, and to honor those who died during the Vietnam War,” Densford said. “It (was an example of) what we do as chaplains on a regular basis as we ‘nurture the living, care for the wounded and honor the fallen.’”
More information about the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is available at www.vvmf.org/twth. Additional information about the history of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps in Vietnam is available at www.TheChaplainKit.com.