In Memory Submission Deadline Approaching
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) In Memory program honors those who died as a result of the Vietnam War, but whose deaths do not fit the Department of Defense criteria for inclusion upon the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Every year there is a ceremony to pay tribute to these men and women who sacrificed so much for their country. The ceremony is held on the third Monday in April – In Memory Day.
During the In Memory Day ceremony, the names of all the honorees are read aloud. At the conclusion of the ceremony, certificates bearing the honorees’ names are placed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The tributes are collected by the National Park Service and stored in their permanent archive. In addition, the honorees are included in an In Memory Honor Roll Book to serve as a lasting reminder of their service and sacrifices.
If you know of anyone whose death was related to Vietnam War involvement and you would like to see them honored in the In Memory program, please complete an In Memory application and return it to VVMF by no later than Monday, January 31. As part of the application, please also include a copy of the death certificate, proof of service in Vietnam, a clean photograph of the honoree and a short biography.
* Click here to download the In Memory Application.
* Visit the National Personnel Records Center Web site to find out how to obtain proof of service in Vietnam.
IN MEMORY DAY HOTEL INFORMATION
I hope you can join the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund for the 13th Annual In Memory Day Ceremony on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The Washington Marriott (22nd and M Streets, NW, Washington, DC) has offered special discounted rates to the families and friends of In Memory Honorees. The Washington Marriott agreed to provide rooms at $194 (plus tax) per night for April 15-19, 2011. Reservations must be made on or by Thursday, March 17.
To make a reservation, call the Washington Marriott directly at 1.800.228.9290 or 202.872.1500 and reference the special Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund 2011 In Memory Room Block rate.
Due to a number of events in Washington, DC the weekend of the In Memory Day Ceremony, the Washington Marriott has a limited number of rooms available for the In Memory families and friends.
For information on other hotels in the area, try the Washington, DC accommodations hotline at 1.800.554.2220 or visit them online at www.dcaccommodations.com.