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Stories in Stone: Duery C. Felton, Jr. & the Origin of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection


Written by Jason Bain, Senior Collections Curator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund “Oh, the stories I could tell you…” quips the distinguished looking gentleman with an irrepressible twinkle in his eye. If the… Continue reading

Students Interview Veterans, Learn What “textbooks cannot communicate”


“When first hearing the students refer to Forrest Gump as the basis for understanding the Vietnam War, I became concerned that there were a lot of misconceptions,” said Blake Busbin, a fourth year… Continue reading

Maya Lin: The Designer behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial


Maya Lin was 21 years old and an undergraduate at Yale University when her design was chosen as the winner for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The year was 1981. Her design would help shape… Continue reading

Australia Commemorates Vietnam Veterans Day, 50 Years Since First Deployment


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


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

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


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

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


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


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

Building Community through Remembrance: The Wall that Heals Visits Rainier, Oregon


By Melanie Lowry, Education Outreach Intern “People this far from Washington, D.C. should still get to see the Wall,” said David Placido, student and history club historian at Rainier Junior/Senior High School in… Continue reading

10 ways to honor veterans in 2015


2014 was great to VVMF. Fourteen U.S. service members took their rightful place next to their fallen brothers and sisters on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial during our Name Additions on Mother’s Day Ceremony.… Continue reading

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