93 American Heroes Honored on In Memory Day

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93 American Heroes Honored on In Memory Day

VVMF honored 93 American heroes during the 13th annual In Memory Day Ceremony on Monday, April 18.

The program honors those who died as a result of the Vietnam War, but who do not meet Department of Defense criteria to have their names added to The Wall. This year’s inductees bring the In Memory Honor Roll to over 2,000 individuals. Around 700 family members and friends from around the country attended the ceremony.

Guests were welcomed by Richard C. Schneider, executive director for government affairs, Non Commissioned Officers Association. Frank Campanaro, son of 2011 Honoree Frank Paul Campanaro Sr., gave the keynote address. Jeff Dawley, son of 2010 Honoree John Ernest Dawley Jr., also offered remarks. The pledge of allegiance was led by Edith Owen Wallace, wife of 1996 Honoree Robert E. Owen. And, Jonathan Stilley, son of 2009 Honoree Michael Ronald Ford, sang the national anthem. VVMF President Jan Scruggs served as the master of ceremonies.

The In Memory Day Ceremony has been sponsored by the Non Commissioned Officers Association since 2004. To learn more about this annual event and how to nominate a loved one, visit: www.vvmf.org/InMemoryProgram.

State Shows Texas-Sized Support for Center

Two cities in Texas demonstrated their enthusiasm for the Education Center at The Wall this month with a variety of fundraising and awareness activities.

A gala event in Corpus Christi on April 12 organized by volunteer Ram Chavez paid tribute to the region’s fallen heroes. Over 800 people attended the fundraiser, which featured Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC (Ret.) as the keynote speaker, with remarks by VVMF President Jan Scruggs. All proceeds were earmarked for the Education Center.

The gala coincided with a visit by The Wall That Heals, VVMF’s half-scale traveling replica of The Wall, on April 11-14. Local organizers coordinated a wide variety of events in conjunction with The Wall’s visit, including a “Welcome Home March,” an indoor picnic and concert and a special closing ceremony.

The following week, a reception was hosted in Austin by Gov. Rick Perry to raise support for the Education Center. The April 19 event featured special guests, including: Medal of Honor Recipient Mike Thornton and VVMF President Jan Scruggs. All proceeds will benefit the Education Center, and all money raised in Texas will be matched by San Antonio Spurs owner Peter M. Holt, who announced last year that he would match all Texas donations for the Education Center up to $1 million. To learn more, visit: www.buildthecenter.org.

Kentucky Launches Statewide Call for Photos

A statewide initiative to gather photos of every Kentuckian whose name is on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will kick off at a May 9 breakfast at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Ky. The breakfast will feature remarks by U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (R-5th), who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, and VVMF President Jan Scruggs. There are 1,058 Kentucky natives on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The breakfast, which was organized to honor all veterans and active duty military personnel, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is free to the public.

Five Names to be Added to The Wall in May

VVMF has scheduled a press event on Sunday, May 8 at 10 a.m. to allow the public to witness the addition of Charles J. Sabatier’s name to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Members of his family will be on hand to witness the addition.

The event will take place in the middle of a week-long visit by Engrave Write of Colorado, the company that performs the work. In all, five names will be added, and eight designation symbols will be changed from MIA to KIA. In the event of rain, the name addition event will be held on Monday, May 9.

Names being added include: SPC Charles J. Sabatier, U.S. Army, Galveston, Texas
SPC Charles Robert Vest, U.S. Army, Lynchburg, Ohio
Sgt. Henry L. Aderholt, U.S. Army, Birmingham, Ala.
ETR2 Richard Lewis Daniels, U.S. Navy, Washougal, Wash.
BT3 Peter Otto Holcomb, U.S. Navy, Grandy, Minn.

For more information adding names to The Wall, visit: http://www.vvmf.org/136.cfm.

Make Your Plans Now for Memorial Day

VVMF will be hosting the annual Memorial Day Observance at The Wall on Monday, May 30, at 1 p.m. Visitors who will be in the area on that day are encouraged to join us for the ceremony. VIP seating is free but must be reserved in advance. Groups may also sign up to lay a wreath at The Wall at the close of the ceremony. Wreath-laying spots are limited and given on a first-come, first served basis. To get on the list to lay a wreath at the Memorial, call: (202) 393-0090 or email vvmf@vvmf.org.

VVMF has secured a special room rate of $139 a night, plus tax, at the Washington Marriott for Memorial Day weekend. The deadline to reserve rooms under the block is May 6. Call (202) 872-1500 and ask for the VVMF Memorial Day room block. The Washington Marriott is located at 1221 22nd St. NW.

VVMF is planning interactive content on our website in the weeks leading up to Memorial Day. Check our website often: www.vvmf.org.

Scruggs Helps Prevent Casino at Gettysburg

Last September, VVMF President Jan Scruggs joined other notable veterans organized by the Civil War Preservation Trust to battle a proposed casino that would have been constructed near the historic battlefield in Gettysburg. Scruggs participated in a Sept. 21 “Veterans for Gettysburg” event at the state capitol and a subsequent letter-writing campaign. Recently, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board denied the request for a casino at Gettysburg. Read about it here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20110414/pl_usnw/DC83619.

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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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