Sherri Williams
Multimedia Journalist

Sherri Williams is a magazine, newspaper and online journalism graduate student. She has lived across the country and has a special affinity for the South, especially Mississippi. Sherri enjoys living life and writing about it.

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Memorial Day on a ...

Photo by Kelly West

At the Nez Perce Cemetery Memorial Day is more than just a holiday, it's an event where elders are honored and traditions are preserved.

I attended a Native American Memorial Day service in Nespelem, Washington today with my colleagues Kelly West and David Miller.

The cemetery has soldiers buried there from nearly every war from the Nez Perce War of 1877 to the Vietnam War. Chief Joseph, the warrior who led the band into the 1877 battle, is buried at there.

The Nez Perce tribe is one of 12 on the reservation of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

Women veterans ...

As an Army nurse during the Vietnam War Karen Schimpf tended to soldiers whose bodies were blasted on the battlefield.

She arrived in Saigon as "an immortal 22-year-old" she said. But that wasn't the way she left.

When Schimpf came home the war was unpopular and those who participated in it were not celebrated heroes.

Women's contributions went unnoticed, she said yesterday when my partner Kelly West and I talked to her at her home in Tonasket, Washington.

"We came home by ourselves," Schimpf said.

Being overlooked, she said, still stings a little.