Honor Flight: 'Sisters in arms' say visiting Vietnam Memorial 'healing'
“We’re sisters in arms.”
If you didn’t know any better, you would think that Pat Day and Terry Delevan have been friends for years.
“I asked if I was the only one, and they said no there’s two of you!” said Vietnam era Army veteran Terry Delevan said.
“I didn’t know there was another one of us until yesterday,” Navy veteran Pat Day added.
Both women served in Vietnam, at a time when women were not common in the field. But they knew their help was needed.
"You may not agree with what's going on but someone has to care for the people that are affected by it. And that's why this memorial to me is so amazing," Delevan explained.
On the way to Washington D.C., Terry Delevan carried flowers to lay at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, to honor all of the women that served before her.
"There are some women on the [Vietnam] wall. But this is something special to recognize the women, all who were volunteers to go into that war," Delevan said.
The women in the memorial are named Faith, Hope, and Charity. For the women who served, it’s easy to identify with these women.
“On this side we have Charity, who is caring for the soldier. And she reminds me a lot of me because that is how we had to wear our hair to keep and army nurse cap on our heads. So, they mean a lot," Delevan added.
An unforgettable trip for both women, but their favorite parts were their reception in Washington D.C. and back home in Wisconsin.
"It reminded me that back in the 70s we'd get off planes and people would yell and throw things at us, and this was so different... It made me feel a little less guilty about some of the things that happened. It's very healing this experience," Day explained.