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Wisconsin Hero Bike: The Motorcycle Left at The Wall

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Of the more than 400,000 items left at The Wall, one really stands out. The Wisconsin Hero Bike is by far the most well-known item left at The Wall. It was a special… Continue reading

Australia Commemorates Vietnam Veterans Day, 50 Years Since First Deployment

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The statement below is credited to the Australian Government, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. Today, 18 August,  is Vietnam Veterans Day in Australia,  the day on which the service of the 60,000 Australian men and women who… Continue reading

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service Unveil Items Left at The Wall – The Virtual Collection

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More than 400,000 items have been left at The Wall. Each item symbolizes messages to the more than 58,000 who died in Vietnam, showing the true cost of war, and that a nation… Continue reading

After hosting The Wall That Heals, San Diego Declares Aug. 4 “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Day”d

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In the spring of this year, San Diego was gearing up volunteers, military families and native Diegans to support the arrival of The Wall That Heals (TWTH), a half-scale replica of The Wall in D.C.… Continue reading

22 Things You Should Know About the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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On July 22, 1982, the first panel of what would become The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, most famously known as The Wall in Washington, D.C., is unveiled. And while you may know that it holds… Continue reading

The Things He Left Behind: A Sister’s Emotional Journey to Honor Brother Through His Art

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Written by Communications Intern Kalli McCoy “As a child I was in awe of his eye for color.” Angela Sriram of Baltimore, Maryland recalls the memory of her brother, George, who died in the… Continue reading

These Were The First Two Americans Killed in the Vietnam War

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Escalation and widespread attention towards the war in Vietnam may not have hit televisions and media with a loud “bang” before 1965, but American advisors were arriving, almost silently, on Southeast Asia soil.… Continue reading

Lost to PTSD, Agent Orange: Veteran to Receive the ‘Welcome Home’ He Never Had

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Mike Bartkowiak was just 16 years old when he volunteered for the Vietnam War in 1968. Stationed in Germany and Thailand, he was sent to Vietnam in 1971. While there, he volunteered to be a… Continue reading

Vietnam Veteran Educates Boise Students on History and Life

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by Melanie Lowry, Education Outreach Intern “You can read about history, but there’s nothing quite like hearing it firsthand,” said David Skinner, an Advanced Placement United States History teacher at Bishop Kelly High… Continue reading

These Minnesotans Lead Effort To Find 1,075 Photos

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“The work of the Minnesotans, including local vets, to find 1,075 photos is a monumental achievement,” said Jessica McBride, a journalism instructor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. McBride was able to track down… Continue reading