IMMEDIATE RELEASE





Press Release

March 30, 2004

No. 04-030


Contact:
Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000
Ext. 146

 
APPROVAL GIVEN FOR DEDICATION OF THE
VIETNAM WAR IN MEMORY PLAQUE AT THE WALL
 


(Washington, D.C.) –
Vietnam Veterans of America will host the official dedication on November 10, 2004, of the In Memory Memorial Plaque at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. The plaque will recognize the sacrifices of those who returned home from the Vietnam War only to die later as a direct result of their service in that conflict. The dedication candlelight ceremony, which will be open to the public, will take place at 7:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.

“We are very pleased that an appropriate date has been set,” said Ruth Coder-Fitzgerald, founder of the Vietnam War In Memory Memorial Plaque Project. The announcement followed a meeting of the American Battle Monuments Commission in Arlington, Virginia, that was attended by representatives of the Vietnam War In Memory Memorial, the National Park Service, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

“In 1996, when it was first proposed, Vietnam Veterans of America was one of the first organizations to support the In Memory Plaque,” said Jim Doyle, chair of VVA Public Affairs Committee. “Since then, we have continued to support and encourage the completion of this congressionally approved, privately funded project that honors the men and women who have been called the ‘hidden casualties’ of the Vietnam War. We are proud to have been asked by the In Memory board to host the dedication.”

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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated 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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