One Thing Never Changes

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Dear Friends,

Our nation will celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday.

And although times may change . . . one thing that doesn’t change is our desire to have our families gathered together around the table on Thanksgiving.

But thousands of families of Vietnam War veterans won’t have everyone at the table. For many years, they have endured the sight of an empty chair. Perhaps you’re one of these family members.

During the Vietnam War, 105 men were killed in action on Thanksgiving day from 1965 to 1971. That includes Rodney Ellis Loatman, who died Thanksgiving Day in 1967. This remembrance is posted on VVMF’s Virtual Wall:

“On the day of Rodney’s death, 11/23/67, he laid in my father’s arms as he passed on to a better place, after a brutal battle. As a remembrance to him, every Thanksgiving my dad calls Rodney’s mother.”

Of course, getting the news that you’ve lost a loved one is devastating, regardless of what day it happens. Yet, when it occurs around a special holiday, it often taints the celebration of the day for the family in the years that follow. The loss of their loved one is forever linked to the holiday and the family’s future memories.

As you and your family gather next week for Thanksgiving, please take a few moments to remember those who have fallen in service to our country and those who are currently serving us. You can view the names and profiles of those who were lost on Thanksgiving Day on our website.

Have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. And please take care, especially if you’re traveling.


Jan C. Scruggs
Founder and President

P.S. And, in case you were unable to join us in person or watch the live streaming telecast of our Veterans Day Observance… you can watch the recorded ceremony video now and browse our Veterans Day ceremony photo album.

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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