No. 032-00  
      IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            August 1, 2000                           (301) 585-4000


BUFFALO, N.Y.- Vietnam Veterans of America and Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America will place a wreath at the Western New York Vietnam Veterans Monument, located on Buffalo’s Inner Harbor, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000, at 12:30 pm. The members of Vietnam Veterans of America and Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America will join together to honor the sacrifices and memory of those killed in action or missing in action from the war in Vietnam.

The monument, located at the western end of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Servicemen’s Park, was dedicated in 1984 and carries the names of the 509 Vietnam casualties and 22 MIA’s from Vietnam from the eight counties of Western New York.

This comes at a time when Buffalo’s entire Inner Harbor area is the focus of a $21 million state-funded redevelopment plan. Veterans hope the development won’t encroach on the monument and threaten its stability.

“VVA is thrilled and delighted that the City of Buffalo and VVA Chapter 77 are hosting our eighth National Leadership Conference,” said George C. Duggins, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America. “The hospitality shown to our members has been outstanding. We are looking forward to a most successful conference.”

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), the nation’s only congressionally chartered Vietnam veterans service organization, will hold its 8th biennial leadership conference in Buffalo, NY, at the Hyatt Regency, Two Fountain Plaza, Wednesday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000.

Nearly 600 members, Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, and their families will attend events and seminars designed to bond and strengthen the veteran leadership from around the nation.  Seminar topics will cover a broad spectrum of issues important to veterans and their families to include health, education, employment, and homeless veteran subjects. 

Schedules of events and media opportunities for Buffalo may be obtained by contacting, Scott D. Campbell, at the Hyatt Regency, (716) 856-1234.  Media office is  at (716) 856-4976.

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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 abandon another."   


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