Our Fathers, Our Heroes: VVMF to Celebrate Father’s Day at The Wall

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Our Fathers, Our Heroes: VVMF to Celebrate Father’s Day at The Wall

VVMF will be holding its annual Father’s Day Rose Remembrance Ceremony at The Wall on Father’s Day, June 19, beginning at 10 a.m. Cards of tribute and thanks will be attached to 1,500 roses that will be laid at the foot of The Wall to honor the fathers who died during the Vietnam War, as well as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The featured speaker will be Tom Kiernan, President of the National Parks Conservation Association, a group dedicated to preserving and restoring our nation’s treasured park

VVMF volunteers and staff will be attaching cards to the roses beginning at 8:15 a.m. at the corner of 21st Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m., and afterward, each rose will be laid at the location on The Wall where the name on its card appears. The ceremony is free and open to the public, and VVMF asks those interested in volunteering to come early and help attach the notes to the roses.

For more information on the Father’s Day Rose Remembrance tradition, click here: http://www.vvmf.org/FathersDay. On a day when the nation pays tribute to its fathers, VVMF is committed to preserving the memory of those fathers who made the ultimate sacrifice in wartime.

Governor of Hawaii Helps VVMF Announce State’s Call For Photos

VVMF Founder and President Jan Scruggs and Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz launched the Hawaii Call for Photos on June 3 at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii on Oahu. The event attracted many Vietnam veterans and their families, as well as the families of some of the men from Hawaii whose names are on The Wall.

To spread the news of the Call For Photos in the state, Governor Abercrombie recorded a video to be used as a public service announcement and further remember Hawaii’s Vietnam Veterans, viewable here: http://youtu.be/qabycY5IY80

The names of 276 people from Hawaii are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and VVMF is committed to collecting all of their photos for the Education Center at The Wall, a learning facility being built in Washington, D.C., near the Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials. VVMF had received about 80 of the 276 photos it needs as of early June 2011.

“What it’s going to do for a lot of families—not just here but across the nation—is it’s going to give us an opportunity really to show people that they are more than numbers on that Wall,” said Billie
Gabriel, whose brother James “Kimo” Gabriel, is honored on Panel 1E, Row 8 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. “Each name on there, they have a story. They have a name. They have a personality.”

To learn more about the Hawaii Call for Photos, click here: http://www.vvmf.org/730.cfm.

Assistant Navy Secretary Honors the Fallen on Memorial Day at The Wall

Juan M. Garcia III, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), delivered the keynote address during the annual Memorial Day Observance at The Wall, co-hosted by VVMF and the
National Park Service on May 30.

In his remarks, Garcia paid tribute to the individuals throughout history who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice. Other speakers included: Ram Chavez, a Vietnam veteran and retired educator from Corpus Christi, Texas, who reflected on the people he served with in Vietnam; and Barbara
Lilly, who served with the Red Cross during the Vietnam War. There were also speakers from the National Park Service and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation. Jan Scruggs served as master of ceremonies.

To see film footage from the 2011 Memorial Day Observance at The Wall, click here: http://www.vvmf.org/videos.

The Wall That Heals Gets Enthusiastic Welcomes Around the Country

In the last month, The Wall That Heals, VVMF’s half-scale traveling replica of The Wall, made stops in East Windsor, Connecticut; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Omaha, Nebraska. It is currently visiting Fort Carson, Colorado.

At every stop, community members give the traveling replica a warm welcome, and the community creates events around The Wall’s visit to honor veterans of Vietnam and all wars, including motorcycle escorts, special ceremonies and school visits. And at every stop, veterans and family members find comfort and healing when they find the names of loved ones on The Wall.

To provide a closer look at each stop, VVMF has added pages to its website for each community The Wall That Heals visits. To see these community pages, and find where The Wall That Heals will go next, please visit: http://www.vvmf.org/twthtour

Summer Teacher’s Institute: Education Training on Vietnam War and Leadership

VVMF and the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va., are excited to announce their partnership for the 2011 Summer Teacher’s Institute.

The Summer Teacher’s Institute was created for middle and high school history teachers and is aligned with the Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning. The course is eligible for relicensure points.

The first seminar will take place at VVMF headquarters in Washington, D.C., on July 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, USA (Ret.), former chief of staff for Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.). There is no registration fee, and lunch is provided.

The second seminar in the series will take place at the Virginia War Memorial on July 23 and will feature Taylor Baldwin Kiland, author and vice president of marketing and communications for the U.S. Navy Memorial speaking on “Leadership Lessons from POWs.”

For more information about the Summer Teacher’s Institute, or to sign up as an attendee, visit: http://www.vvmf.org/vamemorial

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