(Washington, D.C.) – Vietnam Veterans of America will host the dedication of
the final element of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the In Memory
Plaque, with a candlelight ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday,
November 10, adjacent to Three Fighting Men statue near The Wall.
“We are proud to host this dedication
ceremony,” said VVA National President Thomas H. Corey. “Since the idea was
proposed in 1996, we have been strong supporters of the plaque, which
acknowledges and honors Vietnam War veterans whose postwar deaths have
resulted from their service in that war, but whose names are not eligible to
be added to The Wall. That group includes those who perished due to
diseases linked to exposure to Agent Orange and to the debilitating effects
of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.”
The dedication ceremony commemorates the addition of the congressionally
authorized In Memory Plaque to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The plaque
was unveiled July 8. The November 10 dedication ceremony will begin Veterans
Day activities in the Nation’s Capital.
“This plaque is the culmination of years
of hard work by many people,” said Ruth Coder Fitzgerald, founder of the
Vietnam War In Memory Memorial Plaque Project.
“We are grateful for all those around the nation who have supported
us. This is a long-overdue tribute to their comrades who have fallen since