Maya Lin Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Maya Lin is a 2016 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. She was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, Nov. 22. In 1981,… Continue reading

The Magic and Healing of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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  Wall Magic: An indescribable coincidence at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Such experiences may include: veterans reconnecting after years apart; a woman meeting the family of a veteran she wore a MIA bracelet for; a father meeting the… Continue reading

How One Oregon Teacher Is Honoring Veterans In A Beautiful Way

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    Andrew Demko is a 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher from Rainier, Oregon. In between educating today’s youth about history, he has uniquely focused on teaching the legacy of the… Continue reading

How One Man Who Lost A Son in Afghanistan Helped Honor the Vietnam Fallen

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  In 2014, Andrew Johnson, a Gold Star father and publisher of the Dodge County Pionier contacted VVMF, the organization who founded The Wall in Washington, D.C. He wanted to find photos for the Wisconsin service members… Continue reading

Agent Orange During the Vietnam War And Its Effects Today

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Co-written by Communications Intern Sophie Ota August 10, 1961 marked the start of the aerial spraying of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Defoliant tests began on that fateful day in the Kontom… Continue reading

East High School class of 1966 honors its Vietnam fallen at 50th high school reunion

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Written by Communications Intern Sophie Ota   Decades after graduating East High School in Kansas City, Missouri, Glenda Kelly and Lavonna Peterson hadn’t forgotten the classmates they lost in the Vietnam War. Their… Continue reading

5 Ways the National Park Service Helps Preserve the Legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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The National Park Service (NPS) manages the U.S. national parks, including many American national monuments. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the historic places that the NPS  helps conserve. Since President Jimmy Carter signed legislation… Continue reading

Legacy of Lt. Col. Anthony Shine: Air Force Award Given in Honor of Fallen Pilot

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“My father left a legacy of some of the most important character traits that I have tried to embody,” Colleen Shine said of her father Anthony C. Shine.   “They would be courage,… Continue reading

5 Things ‘In Memory’ Gave Families of Vietnam Veterans Who Passed Away After The War

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  “Not everyone who lost his life in Vietnam died there. Not everyone who returned from Vietnam ever left there,” John McCorkle said after hearing the story of Glen Johnson. Glen passed away… Continue reading

The Wall That Heals Exhibit Gets Upgrade As Mobile Education Center Displays Go Digital

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Written by Tim Tetz, Director of Outreach   Last July, when The Wall That Heals was displayed in Gloucester, Massachusetts, for the first time ever, VVMF’s mobile Education Center displayed the photographs of the local service members… Continue reading