NEW ZEALAND WIDOW COMMEMORATES HUSBAND AT VIETNAM MEMORIAL

 WASHINGTON, D.C., (November 9, 1998) -- Vietnam Veterans of America in conjunction with veterans organizations from Australia and New Zealand is sponsoring the visit of Gail Bullen of New Zealand in Washington, D.C., on November 10, 1998, at a 2 p.m. (EST) ceremony.

Vietnam Veterans of America members were approached by Ms. Bullen while they were in New Zealand to march in that country's first national commemorative parade to honor its Vietnam veterans.  Ms. Bullen requested that her wedding band be delivered to The Wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial when they returned to Washington, D.C.  When hearing of the  encounter, members from veterans organizations in Australia and New Zealand collaborated with veterans in the United States to fly Ms. Bullen to the memorial so that she might deliver the ring.

Ms. Bullen's New Zealand husband was killed in action June 9, 1970, while temporarily assigned to the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Division in Vietnam.  Because Ms. Bullen thought she would never be able to visit The Wall, she had requested the wedding band be delivered there and placed at [Panel; 9 West with names of those who died with her husband.

Ms. Bullen's trip was funded in part by raffles and donation drives sponsored y Australian and New Zealand veteran organizations.  Members of Vietnam Veterans of America will host her stay in Washington, D.C.

Vietnam Veterans of America point of contact for additional information is Scott D. Campbell at (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158. Visit VVA's website at: http//www.vva.org.

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