Author Archive

Stories of Service: Phil Elsner

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My service started when I went to Coney Island and I saw a Navy recruiting officer. Since I was 21, I went in and I enlisted. That was June, 1964. I was told to report on August fourth and I went into the city by… Continue reading

War echoes through time, generations

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By Eric Mink, originally published in the St. Louis Jewish Light People leave behind, on purpose, all kinds of things after visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. They’ve left about 400,000 items there… Continue reading

Stories of Service: Alan Abrams

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By Alan Abrams I was a history major in college and have an excellent recall of events while in Vietnam. While in Nam, we were supposed to go to the rear to see Bob Hope,… Continue reading

Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Dedication Ceremony

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By Anneliese Bustillo This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument (TCVVM) dedication ceremony. It was an incredibly moving ceremony honoring the 3,417 men from Texas… Continue reading

VVMF Holds Memorial Day Video Contest

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Students, we are giving you the opportunity to take part in our very first video contest! What does it require? 5 minutes of your time, a video camera, and you telling us what Memorial… Continue reading

Bruce Springsteen Honors MIA With Song

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In the mid-1960s, a New Jersey shore band exploded onto to the music scene with a British invasion-inspired sound and a particularly charismatic lead singer. The Motifs was a sensation in the area… Continue reading

Ireland’s Taoiseach Visits The Wall

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By Michael McMahon On Saturday I had the privilege of conducting a tour of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for Ireland’s “Taoiseach,” or Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, his wife and three adult children.  He is in… Continue reading

Children sell poppies to honor veterans

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As we were opening the mail at VVMF’s office in Washington, D.C., a lovely little felt flower fell out of an envelope. The poppy pin was accompanied by a note and check for… Continue reading

Ride Heals, Raises Funds

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“All we need is for everyone to do what you’re doing,” said Jan Scruggs, Founder and President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. He was speaking to an incredible group of veterans from… Continue reading

The Things They Carried – An Education Tool

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The Things They Carried, published in 1990, is a collection of fictional short stories by Tim O’Brien taking place during the Vietnam War. The book focuses on a platoon of American soldiers in… Continue reading