Honor a Father’s Memory at Our Rose Remembrance Ceremony

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Dear Supporter,

Father's Day Rose Remembrance

For the sons and daughters who lost a father in Vietnam, the love and memory of their dad will live forever in their hearts.

Each year on Father’s Day, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund holds a simple yet meaningful ceremony at The Wall: “Father’s Day Rose Remembrance.

I hope you can join us at The Wall in Washington, D.C., on June19, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

Although the focus is clearly on fallen fathers, all of the heroes listed on The Wall are honored ― including the men who never had the chance to be a father. No one is ever forgotten, thanks in big part to your patriotic support of VVMF.

And speaking of not being forgotten, when you make a donation in honor of Father’s Day, you can also writea note of remembrance in honor of a father. You’ll see a place for this on the online donation form. Your note will be attached to a rose and placed at The Wall.

The fragrance from the thousands of roses at The Wall on Father’s Day reminds me of a story Megan Rihn shared about her grandfather, Joel Daniel Coleman, who is honored on Panel 7E Row 29:

“It was May 5, 1966. My grandmother told me she had taken my mom, who was two months old, out to buy her first pair of shoes.While they were shopping, she noticed the strongest aroma of roses at approximately 6:30 p.m. The following day, an officer and chaplain sent by the Army arrived at grandmother’s house to tell her that my grandfather had been killed at 6:30 p.m. the day before. He was only 21 years old.”

I really can’t explain such a poignant story; however, I do understand why the story is so important to Megan and everyone in her family.

Like far too many others, Megan never knew her grandfather … and Megan’s mom never knew her father … except through stories told by family members and friends who personally knew Joel Coleman.

Sharing stories and visiting The Wall have helped ease the pain for Megan’s family. And perhaps for you, too.

For Father’s Day, please make an online gift to VVMF ― and add a remembrance note “in honor of” or “in memory of” a special veteran ― in honor of all the fallen Fathers from Vietnam and every war. Help us preserve the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the legacies of all who served. Thank you.

And again ― if you possibly can ― I invite you to join us at The Wall on June 19 for the Father’s Day Rose Remembrance ceremony.


Jan C. Scruggs
Founder and President

P.S. The dads listed on The Wall are heroes in many ways ― not only did they serve and make sacrifices for our country, but in their private lives they also loved and cared for the many family members and friends they left behind. Honor them with a gift to VVMF.

And don’t forget, if you want a personal note in honor of a veteran close to your heart attached to a rose and placed at The Wall, fill out the applicable portion of the online donation form.

Want to volunteer and help place the roses and remembrances at The Wall? Please meet us at the intersection of 21st and Constitution Ave no later than 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 19. I believe you’ll find it a most rewarding experience.