This year’s Lasting Impact Award, presented by The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association Education Foundation, was presented to Jan C. Scruggs, the driving force behind the construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Dr. Wolfelt was humbled to be quoted as part of the presentation.

“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands as a symbol not only of the sacrifices of so many American service members and their families but also of the necessity of mourning,” Wolfelt said. “Profound loss requires profound mourning, and the memorial provides a sacred place for veterans, families and the entire country to gather and express their deeply necessary grief. I honor Jan Scruggs, who understood that our eventual healing depended on these polished walls of stone, forever etched with our pain.”

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Find the video of the presentation here.