Author Archive

Memorials Need Tender Loving Care

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By Jan Scruggs When the American public goes to great places where history is remembered, not everyone thinks about all the work behind the scenes.  At places like our National Parks there is a… Continue reading

Reflections on 9/11: Jan Scruggs

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By Jan C. Scruggs On September 10, 2001 I was in Boston. Senators John McCain and John Kerry were attending an event at the State Street Bank. I was there to plead for… Continue reading

Vietnam Voices: The Podcast

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Vietnam veteran and Wall Volunteer Jerry Martin joins VVMF staff in the Washington, D.C. office for our inaugural podcast. Jerry will serve as the host of Vietnam Voices in the coming months but… Continue reading

Working to Build the Education Center

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By Jan C. Scruggs Excitement is building as people across the nation participate in the fundraising and photo gathering efforts for the Education Center at The Wall. I recently met with some donors… Continue reading

To See His Face Again

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Stephanie Taylor was 13 years old when her big brother, William Soderstrom, lost his life in the Vietnam War. Forty seven years later, Stephanie had little to remember William by; her family photo… Continue reading

Connecting the Story: Honoring Elmer D Lauck

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Reblogged from Speaking of History… by Eric Langhorst   Last week I was in Washington DC for the Mission Possible workshop conducted by Model Classroom and the Pearson Foundation.  It was a thought provoking… Continue reading

VVMF visits the 4ID

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By Col. Steve Delp Ann and Steve Delp represented the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund at the annual reunion of the 4th Infantry Division Association in Columbus, Georgia, July 17 through 20, where they… Continue reading

Keeping the Three Servicemen Clean

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The Three Servicemen Statue stands at the treeline of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, eternally watching over the 58,286 names of those who died in the Vietnam War. And just as The Wall requires… Continue reading

Eighth Graders March in Honor of a Peer

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As eighth grade students at the University School of Milwaukee in Wisconsin begin their Vietnam War unit, their American history teacher, Chuck Taft, displays the photo of Jack Russell Smith. He asks if his… Continue reading

Hooked on History…National History Day That Is!

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By Sharon M. Deane Director of Education at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund “Don’t forget to smile,” and “no points for cuteness.”  That’s what I heard from the National History Day staff and volunteers… Continue reading