November 10, 1999
(202) 628-2700 Ext. 158
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA VETERANS DAY MESSAGE
Vietnam Veterans of America National President George C. Duggins issued
a statement on behalf of the membership of the national organization.
Mr. Duggins said, “Vietnam Veterans of America continues participating
in Veterans Day observances across America. Our chapters and state
organizations are busily engaged in conducting or supporting ceremonies
especially honoring those men and women who lost their lives while serving
their country in conflicts as well as those who survived to serve our nation
in other ways.
“Veterans Day is not on the same level as Memorial Day where offices,
business and schools are closed. Instead, Veterans Day has become
a huge shopping day for parents while children are in school. The
only saving grace has been in states where schools are mandated to set
aside time to remind or instruct students in the significance of the ‘eleventh
hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.’ I am extremely pleased
to note that many schools have invited our veterans into their classrooms
to assist in teaching students and to supplement information written in
“Men and women veterans have been offered the chance to not only teach
the teachers, but also increase awareness of students. One misconception
is that all veterans are buried in cemeteries. Involvement in classrooms
dispels that myth. Nothing leaves a better impression upon students
than having a real, live person coming into their classroom to answer questions.
The message is not, “I am a veteran and today is my day, November 11, 1999
marking the 80th anniversary of Veterans or Armistice Day.” The message
is, “Today is Veterans Day which honors all veterans – past, present and
future – who have and will continue to ‘secure the blessings of liberty
to ourselves and our posterity.’ “
On Veterans Day, if you enjoy those blessings, thank a veteran.
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VVA's point of contact for additional information is Scott D. Campbell
at (202) 628- 2700 Ext.158.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's
only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated
solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA's
founding principle is "Never again will one generation of veterans