"Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."
Vietnam Field Cross Memorial
In the early 1990’s, Mary L. Rahm had a vision that she introduced to her son-in-law Larry Brown. The Arizona Field Cross Fund
Committee which raised funds for the purchase and the placement of a bronze sculpture “Field Cross Memorial” now located
at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix Arizona was established. After several long years of hard work, reconfiguring of the
memorial from outside to inside, fund raising, and government interaction with the National Cemetery System in Washington D.C.,
all the necessary approvals were received. Larry worked with John Smither of Eldorado Springs, Missouri who designed the initial
rendering. After several more years, Larry found Larry Peters and worked with him to complete Smither’s basic design. Larry,
along with Dusty Rhoades and Terry Nolan wrote a letter to the Arizona State Council introducing the original bronze titled
“Tranquil Ground”. Larry stated that it is a work that communicates a sense of honor, healing, and that stands as an appropriate
memorial for veterans of the Vietnam War-both living and dead. “Tranquil Ground” will be now known as “Field Cross”. The
memorial was dedicated on September 22nd, 2001 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Larry stated that “This will not only
serve as a monument to those who were lost in Vietnam, but also as a symbol of the American Spirit”.
” Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the only national Vietnam veterans organization
congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families.
Our chapter received its charter in December 1989 as a non-profit veteran’s service organization
under The Vietnam Veterans of America and the Internal Revenue Code 501 (c) (19)
Left: New Chief of Staff Dr. Maureen McCathy
Middle Gene Crego President Arizona VVA State Council
Right: VAMC Pheonix New Director Ms. Rima Ann O. Nelson