Join the VVMF Honor Guard Today!
This Veterans Day, honor the men and women who served and gave their lives in Vietnam in service to our Country. I invite you now to become a member of a special group of patriots – the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) Honor Guard.
What is the Honor Guard? It’s a way to honor the sacrifice and service of Vietnam veterans every daythrough a recurring gift to VVMF. As a member of the Honor Guard, your tax-deductible gift will provide the critical funding needed to:
Your year-round Honor Guard gift also helps keep the memory of veterans like Rocky Versace alive.The story of Rocky that follows was sent by his lifelong friend, Michael Heisley:
“I first met Rocky Versace when we were boys growing up in Alexandria, Virginia. After graduation from college—Georgetown for me and West Point for Rocky—we kept in touch by mail and telephone.
“On his last night of leave before returning to Vietnam to complete his second tour of duty, he dined with my wife and I in our home. Rocky informed us he was leaving the service after this tour to become a priest in the Maryknoll Order. He deeply loved the children of Vietnam and planned to stay there to work with orphans.
“We parted, never to see each other again.
“Months later we learned from television news that Capt. Rocky Versace had been wounded and captured by the Viet Cong on Oct. 29, 1963. I will never forget that evening.
“Over the next several years we occasionally got vague reports about the Viet Cong marching him from village to village for propaganda purposes.
“Finally, our worst fears were realized. We learned that Rocky had been executed on Sept. 26, 1965.
“Almost 40 years later at a White House ceremony on July 8, 2002, my wife and I watched as President George W. Bush awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to our friend Rocky. It was the first time an Army POW had been awarded our nation’s highest honor for actions in captivity.“
Thank you, Michael, for an inspirational story about your friend and soldier, Rocky Versace (Humbert Roque Versace, Panel 1E, Row 33 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial).
Tomorrow, November 11, is Veterans Day. Please join me in honoring Rocky, his comrades on The Wall, and all patriots by becoming a member of the VVMF Honor Guard. Thank you.
P.S. Again, I invite you to honor our heroes with your gift to VVMF. And, remember, your gifts to VVMF are tax-deductible.
|Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. Authorized by Congress, its most recent initiative is building The Education Center at The Wall, an underground facility near the Memorial that is designed to add faces to all the names on The Wall and tell their stories to future generations. Other Memorial Fund initiatives include educational programs for students and teachers, and a traveling Wall replica.|
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