Covering the War

Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project quilt

Made by Donna Brittenham and Ann Davis
Painted by Arlene Koenig
Dated 1987
Made in Nebraska
On loan from Nebraska State Historical Society, O 13118-1

John Falter, illustrator
Nebraska State Historical Society, O 10645-5846

The Army nurse painted on this quilt mimics the design proposed by Roger Brodin for a Vietnam women veterans memorial. A monument of three male soldiers stands near the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, “The Wall,” in Washington, D.C., but nothing specifically honoring the service of women. A Vietnam veteran Army nurse, 1st Lieutenant Judith Knopp, had owned the quilt and coordinated Nebraska volunteer efforts to gain government approval for a memorial. Ultimately, officials chose another design, but the Vietnam Women Veterans Monument was dedicated on Veterans Day, 1993.