How You Preserved the Legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 2016
2017 will mark the 35th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In 1982, a promise was made to never forget those who sacrificed their lives during the Vietnam War. Today, more than 58,000 names are enshrined on The Wall and it has become a sacred place of homage for loved ones and visitors to pay their respects. This promise to never forget has continued and extended pass the black granite walls in various ways.
Before we welcome 2017, we want to take a look back at everything we accomplished.
Because of you, VVMF was able to carry out its mission to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America, and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era. In 2016, VVMF traveled the country, reached millions of new people, expanded its online presence, and went beyond the names on The Wall to see their faces and share their stories.
A few highlights of what VVMF was able to do in 2016 because of YOU:
- Hosted nearly 5.6 million visitors at The Wall in Washington, D.C.
- Visited 34 communities with our mobile exhibit, The Wall That Heals, to spread The Wall’s healing legacy to 200,000 visitors, including 7,000 students
- Honored 312 Vietnam veterans through our In Memory program for veterans who pass away from Vietnam-related causes after returning home
- Added eight names to The Wall and changed the statuses of nine service members on The Wall who were accounted for in the past year
- Hosted Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies at The Wall to honor all those who have served and sacrificed
- Laid more than 2,000 roses at The Wall on Father’s Day to honor fathers on The Wall and those that never got the chance to becomes fathers
- Honored our “Yellow Hat” volunteers with an appreciation luncheon to thank them for many long hours spent at The Wall helping visitors
- Compiled 20 “Wall Magic” stories for a book of stories related to The Wall and the volunteers who serve there
- Curated more than 1,200 Items left at The Wall for VVMF’s virtual Collection and for the future Education Center at The Wall
- Honored the founder of VVMF, Jan Scruggs, at a retirement gala on Memorial Day
- Collected more than 5,000 photos for our virtual Wall of Faces and the future Education Center at The Wall
- Installed new directories of names at The Wall in Washington, D.C.
- Enhanced the mobile Education Center that travels with The Wall That Heals by installing digital displays to personalize the display for each community with their hometown heroes
- Hosted a Student Video Contest asking, “How did the Vietnam War change our Country?” and bringing the winner to Washington, D.C. for Memorial Day
- Hosted 300 Girl Scouts for Girl Scout Day at The Wall so that girls could learn about the Vietnam War and The Wall from veterans
- Added 500 teachers to our national teacher network teaching VVMF’s nationally endorsed curriculum on the Vietnam era
- Provided more than 100 free name rubbings per week for those that can’t make it to The Wall
- Participated in nearly 50 reunions of Vietnam veteran groups around the country as part of our outreach efforts
- Introduced a distance learning initiative – The Things they Carried – to virtually connect students around the country with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection
With 2016 coming to an end, there are a few ways you can support VVMF. Donating and planned giving are wonderful examples of how you can take care of yourself, your family and fulfill your charitable goals. Donations help pursue VVMF’s mission to honor, preserve and educate.
To our supporters, partners, and friends, thank you for ensuring thaat the sacrifices of our heroes will never be forgotten. We know we will do great things together in 2017!