1,305 Virginians killed in Vietnam, and their comrades who
survived, were honored when the Pocahontas Parkway bridge
across the James River and Interstate 95 near Richmond was
dedicated as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Sandston Chapter 78 hosted the event that was attended
by members of Tidewater Chapter 48, Roanoke
Chapter 81, Richmond Chapter 599, Gloucester
Chapter 813, Blackstone Chapter 806, and
Emporia Chapter 627. Virginia Sen. John Warner was the
keynote speaker for the ceremony.
September 11, San Juan, Puerto Rico Chapter 59
gathered for a ceremony at the Memorial Monument to Victory
and Fallen Soldiers at the Capital in San Juan. The service
honored all who were killed in the terrorist attack on
September 11, 2001, civilian and military alike, especially
three Puerto Ricans: Jose Orlando Calderon, Diana Padro, and
Tri-states Chapter 623 in Milford, Pennsylvania,
hosted The Moving Wall in Matamoras in 1998. The chapter was
so moved by the community support, it built a black marble
monument to The Moving Wall at the Pike County Veterans Park
and Information Center. The chapter raised all the funds for
the monument and intends to continue adding elements
recognizing World War II, Korea, and other conflicts.
Women Veterans Meditation Garden is a feature of the New
Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Education Center in
Holmdel. The garden is dedicated to all women who served,
regardless of branch. The garden is intended to promote
thought, reflection, relaxation, and inner peace. For a
photograph of the garden, go to
Chapter 838 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas,
dedicated a memorial to Desert Storm veterans on Veterans
Day. Chapter members also took part in a flag retirement
ceremony with local Girls Scouts.
Chapter 470 in Anoka, Minnesota continues to
provide Child Identification Kits to the community. For
additional information about how your chapter can get
involved with this important community service, contact
Chapter 470, P.O. Box 748, Anoka, MN 55303.
Chapter 522 in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida,
sponsored the "Make A Difference"
fishing tournament for special needs children. Alan and Gail
Thompson, Dick Ammon, Bruce Witham, Mike and Susan O=Meara,
and Mike and Rosalie Bousher joined Jim Methvin and Paul
Sierra in assuring the success of the event. Prizes included
computers and big screen televisions.
Chapter 466 in Graterford, Pennsylvania, joined
the local NAACP chapter to host the Tenth Annual Round Robin
Softball Tournament & Fundraiser. Proceeds benefit the
Support for Kids with an Incarcerated Parent program. The
project provides a safe place for children to discuss their
feelings, with organized activities, and other essential
emotional support for children between 8-12 years old who
must deal with having an incarcerated parent. Additional
information can be obtained by calling Naima Black at
215-564-4775, Extension 115, or by contacting the
Pennsylvania Prison Society, 2000 Spring Garden Rd.,
Philadelphia, PA 19130.
Philadelphia Stand Down for Homeless Veterans served 350
clients. Over 200 volunteers made sure all attendees were
provided with first-class service. Providing material
assistance and support were personnel from Willow Grove
Naval Air Station, McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, and
local Army Reservists.
Philip Van Someren was the recipient of a scholarship
presented by St. Croix Valley Chapter 331 in River
Falls, Wisconsin. Chapter 101 in Wisconsin
Rapids awarded a $500 scholarship to Ryan Stelzer.
Chapter 767 in Racine presented two scholarships;
John R. Koehler of Kenosha County and Jessica Wilton of
Racine were the recipients.
senior class at Seton Hill University in Greensburg,
Pennsylvania, conducted an educational lecture and
discussion at the university on Veterans Day. The students
listened to Clay Wilcher and Daniel Wolf describe their
service in Vietnam. Wilcher, a U.S. Army veteran of the 1968
Tet Offensive, and Navy veteran Wolf are both parents of
Seton Hill students. The students also held an on-campus
clothing drive for veterans.
Bucktail Chapter 720 in St. Mary=s,
Pennsylvania, was recently honored for 20,000 hours of
volunteer service to the Elk-Cameron Counties Red Cross
Armed Forces Emergency Service After-hours Program. Chapter
member Louie Mattivi received the plaque on behalf of the
Crow, a member of Chapter 75 in Leavenworth,
Kansas, was elected vice president of the Kansas Bar
Association. Crow served in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry.
members of Phoenix Chapter 726 in Polk City,
Louisiana, have been busy signing 700 holiday greetings
cards for the patients at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
located in Tampa. AVVA Florida State Council Member of the
Year Robyn Varner will deliver the cards to each hospitalized
veteran and spend time chatting with each of them. The chapter
also conducted a Veterans Day ceremony in the Polk City
Correctional Institution that included the chapter Color
Guard, ranked as the No. 1 Color Guard in the Florida State
Gray Chapter 628 in Princeton, West Virginia, donated
$500 to the Order of the Silver Rose. The project recognizes
those who have lost their battle with Agent Orange-related
diseases with the presentation of a Silver Rose plaque,
acknowledging their service and sacrifice.
767 in Racine, Wisconsin, raised over $5,000 for
chapter activities and split the proceeds with the
Southeastern Wisconsin Burn Camp.
THE MOVING WALL
849 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, sponsored a presentation of
The Moving Wall in Lions Park. Interactive information
displays and several special ceremonies were held in
conjunction with the event.
767 in Racine, Wisconsin, hosted The Moving Wall in
Oconomowoc. The event included static displays of the Vietnam
Memorial, the Three Fightingmen statue, and a POW-MIA
AGAIN WILL ONE GENERATION OF VETERANS ABANDON ANOTHER
374 in Mayville, North Dakota, sent 2,500 pounds of
food and small gifts to a Marine unit serving in Afghanistan
as part of the chapter=s
Operation Holiday project.
Henderson, a graduate of Bozeman, (Montana) High School, was
killed in Vietnam on August 2, 1969. On Veterans Day 2002
members of Chapter 788 in Bozeman honored his life
and memory at his alma mater. VVA and AVVA members took part
in the event, the fourth year the chapter has conducted a
service of remembrance honoring a southwest Montana resident
killed in Vietnam.
Chapter 905 in Porter County, Indiana, hosted a
Veterans Day Memorial Service that included a reading of
names of POW-MIA=s
by AVVA members, a wreath laying, and "Amazing Grace"
performed by the Northwest Indiana Pipers.
Chapter 803 in Elmira, New York, is justifiably
proud of its color guard. During patriotic holidays such as
Veterans Day, the unit typically presents the colors at six
to eight different events. The color guard also participates
in many funeral services for local.
Chapter 53 in Redondo Beach, California, spent
time with Col. David Hackworth at a book signing in Torrance.
Kirk Gillett, Rody Lindhe, Jerry Taylor, chapter president
Jerry Yamamoto, and Bill Manda were joined by Chris Meyers and
California State Council President Dick Southern.
777 in Richmond, Indiana, distributed food baskets
for the holidays, bringing cheer to many who otherwise wouldn=t
have had a pleasant holiday.
680 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, sponsored a
car show as a fundraiser. Raffles, a silent auction,
giveaways, and rock and roll music provided something for
Valley Chapter 405 in Ware, Massachusetts took part
in the Mohawk pow wow in Canada for the third year in a row.
The chapter was invited by the Royal Canadian Legion Mohawk
Branch 219 and was represented at the day of remembrance on
November 9 by chapter junior vice president George Desotell
and associate Stephen Bramford.
Garcia, a member of Chapter 698 in Bluffton, Indiana
recently attended the National Hispanic Leadership Summit in
Washington. He joined 350 representatives from across the
country to discuss policy issues with members of the
administration and congress.
County Tennessee Chapter 240 and Chattanooga Chapter
203 hosted the Tennessee Wall of Vietnam Veterans at the
Rivergate Mall. The Wall lists the names of all Tennessee
residents who lost their lives in Vietnam and the 42 Tennessee
natives still listed as Missing In Action.
POW-MIA RECOGNITION DAY
POW-MIA Committee Chair Larry Klein and Glenfield, New
York, Chapter 296 President Floyd J. Rivers attended
POW-MIA Remembrance Day ceremonies at Fort Drum, home of the
U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division. Chapter 296 worked with
officials at Fort Drum and the elite Army division that has
conducted POW-MIA ceremonies for several years.
Savannah, Georgia, Chapter 671 presented a POW-MIA Day
ceremony that included reading the names of the 35 Georgians
still listed as Missing In Action.
Chapter 223 in Santa Rosa, California,
represented VVA at POW-MIA Day ceremonies at the Santa Rosa
Veterans Memorial Building.
Maryland State Council POW-MIA Commitee Chair Rick Will
was a speaker at the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Memorial
during POW-MIA Day ceremonies. The memorial is located near a
rest stop on Interstate 85 about 30 miles south of Greensboro,
site of VVA=s
Tenth National Convention in 2001.
York State Council POW-MIA Committee Chair Joe Kristek
chaired the 17th Annual POW-MIA Day ceremony at the Tioga
County Courthouse in Owego. The 24-hour vigil features a
symbolic table for one, set with a red rose, slice of lemon,
and an inverted glass. Local veterans=
organizations stand watch over the table for the duration of
Chapter 858 in Honolulu, Hawaii, presented the
colors and paid respects to the remains of four Americans
listed as Missing In Action in Laos and Vietnam as their
remains were returned to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. The
chapter is on hand every time the remains of U.S. servicemen
are returned to the Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii
County, Pennsylvania, Chapter 862 recently dedicated a
monument to POW-MIA=s
in Crescent Township. The monument includes an 8-foot band of
polished stainless steel bent in the shape of the familiar
POW-MIA bracelet. The legend, "In Honor of All POW & MIA of
All Wars -You Are Not Forgotten" in bas relief highlights the
Kelnhofer, POW-MIA Committee Chair for Chapter 101 in
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, organized a POW-MIA
Remembrance ceremony before a high school football game in
Nekoosa. The event featured a color guard and was broadcast on
the local Public Access cable television channel.