Five Names Are Added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
|Five Names Are Added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Five names were added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial last week. They are
In addition, the designation symbols for eight others were changed as well. These refer to the symbols that appear beside each name on The Wall. A cross denotes “missing in action;” a diamond is for “killed in action.” When an individual’s remains are found and positively identified, the symbol is changed to a diamond.
VVMF held a ceremony at The Wall on May 8 to unveil one of the names, that of Charles J. Sabatier. Among the speakers were Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, who presented Sabatier’s family with an award last year for his work in fighting for accommodations for the disabled, and Sabatier’s widow, Peggy Griffin.
The five new names will be read for the first time during the Memorial Day Observance at The Wall on May 30. This brings the total number of names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to 58,272.
Read more about the ceremony here: http://vvmf.org/702.cfm.
VVMF Begins Soil Testing on Education Center Site
Geotechnical and soil testing, the first step in the construction process for the Education Center at The Wall, began in late April and will continue for several weeks.
The work is being done by Schnabel Engineering of West Chester, Pa., and is supervised by Tishman Construction Corp., the construction manager for the Education Center.
VVMF President Jan Scruggs and other organization officials have been spending time on the site surveying the progress and talking to those involved. To see photos of Jan Scruggs’ onsite visit from April 29, click here: http://vvmf.org/701.cfm.
Make Your Plans Now for Memorial Day at The Wall
VVMF and the National Park Service will be hosting the annual Memorial Day Observance at The Wall on Monday, May 30, at 1 p.m. Thousands are expected to gather for the yearly ceremony, as well as the Rolling Thunder activities taking place over the entire weekend.
Free VIP seating is available for the ceremony; however, you must register in advance before May 25. To register, visit: http://www.vvmf.org/contactus/c=rsvp.
VVMF is planning interactive content on our website in the weeks leading up to Memorial Day. Check our website often: www.vvmf.org.
Frank Campanaro Heads Up Florida Education Center Committee
Frank Campanaro has been named chairman of the Florida state committee that is raising funds and awareness for the Education Center at The Wall. He is the CEO of Trillacorpe Construction, which is headquartered in Bingham Farms, Mich., and has offices around the country. He is based in Miami.
Campanaro will help raise awareness and funds for the Center, as well as collect the photos and stories of the 1,954 Floridians whose names are on The Wall.
His involvement with the Education Center is in honor of his father, Frank Paul Campanaro Sr., who served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1965-66 and died in 2000 of conditions related to his exposure to Agent Orange. Frank Campanaro Sr. was honored last April during VVMF’s In Memory Day program.
Campanaro himself is a veteran, serving in U.S. Army Special Operations on active duty and receiving several distinguished awards for valor, including a Presidential Unit Citation.
To learn more about Campanaro and his involvement with the Education Center, visit: http://www.vvmf.org/709.cfm.
The Wall That Heals Visits Kentucky, Helps Launch Call for Photos
The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Ky., host site for The Wall That Heals, kicked off a week of daily military observances on Monday, May 9, with a breakfast honoring America’s veterans. The breakfast was one of many activities surrounding the visit of VVMF’s traveling replica of the Memorial.
During the breakfast, Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry, USA (Ret.), who is a Vietnam veteran, recounted the story of being reunited nearly 40 years after the war with a Vietnamese pilot he shot down in a dogfight near Hanoi, North Vietnam.
Other breakfast speakers included U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (Ky.-05), who served in the Kentucky and North Carolina National Guard from 1957-64 and is a member of the National Guard and Reserve Caucus; and VVMF President Jan Scruggs, who helped Kentucky launch its statewide Call for Photos to gather pictures and stories of the 1,058 Kentuckians whose names are on The Wall.
For a summary of the breakfast events, click here: http://news.centertech.com/2011/05/05/opening-ceremony-begins-on-monday-for-the-wall-that-heals-traveling-exhibit/.
VVMF Engages Teachers in Spring Activities
VVMF has conducted three teacher training sessions in partnership with the Close Up Foundation over the last three weeks, both in our offices and at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. These sessions provided 50 educators with teaching materials and information on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. VVMF’s final session of the season will take place on June 20.
Two classrooms also donated hand-made cards for use on Mother’s Day. VVMF would like to thank the students of Franklin Middle School in Franklin, N.H. and Michael Lance’s 7th grade class at Leo Jr./Sr. High School in Leo, Ind. for sending Mother’s Day cards that were left at The Wall last Sunday.
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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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