Category Archive: In Memory

‘In Memory’: A day to honor Vietnam veterans who returned home and later died

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On a sweltering day in Washington, D.C., thousands of loved ones joined together on the East Knoll of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. June 16 was a day set aside to honor Vietnam veterans… Continue reading

343 Vietnam veterans to be honored through the In Memory program in 2018

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VVMF’s In Memory program honors Vietnam veterans who returned home and later died as a result of their service. These veterans are not eligible for inscription on The Wall under Department of Defense guidelines. In Memory is… Continue reading

‘He nurtured his soul’: How one Vietnam vet spread love to every part of his life

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The first thing you read on the In Memory Honor Roll page for James Reed is that he “nurtured his soul.” James passed away on May 2, 2012 from complications resulting from his… Continue reading

A mighty spirit: Dad remembered for amazing strength in face of complications from Agent Orange exposure

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You could tell Leo was surrounded by love by watching the smiles on his children’s faces at In Memory Day on June 17, 2017. His three daughters stood next to each other, faces… Continue reading

5 quotes from families about what the In Memory Day Ceremony meant to them

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  The families and friends who come together at the annual In Memory Day Ceremony on the National Mall are dedicated to honoring the memory of their loved ones who died from service-connected… Continue reading

‘Proud to call him dad’: Son to honor father who lost battle with PTSD

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  “I only have a few memories of my dad because I was only 5 years old when he took his life.”   David Allen Freier knows very little about his father of… Continue reading

They Served Together: Brother honored after losing battle to Agent Orange-related cancer

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Herman Downs was born in Akron, Ohio on September 25, 1947. A graduate of Akron Garfield High School, he was the third of five children. Upon graduation, Herman wanted to follow in his… Continue reading

Commemorating 35 Years of Healing: A Look Back

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A LOOK BACK AT 2017 Because of you, VVMF is able to carry out its mission to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact… Continue reading

U.S. Navy veteran who ‘left his heart and soul in Vietnam’ remembered as hero

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Written by Ann Friel Larry Dean Parr and his twin sister, Linda Parr Lawton were born on August 4, 1947 in Charleston, Missouri to Willis and Muriel Parr.  Larry graduated from high school in… Continue reading

Bernie Friel: Quiet Man and Humble Hero

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Written by Ann Friel     Prelude This is the story of someone I have known and loved for most of my life, my little brother, Bernie. A very proud Marine, Sergeant Bernard… Continue reading