Vietnam Veterans Day is approaching, and the 6th annual ceremony to honor the state’s Vietnam veterans has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday March 24. This year’s program will be held at the American Legion Post #225, located at 355 West Broadway in Forest Lake, Minn.
This year, organizers are proud to host the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) from Washington, D.C. VVMF, along with the National Park Services, is responsible for building the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the Three Soldiers statue and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial on the National Mall.
VVMF Development Associate Netta Squires will give a presentation about the Education Center that will be located on the National Mall directly across from The Wall. This center will be a state-of-the-art learning facility that will feature the faces and stories of the 58,282 men and women who did not return, as well as the 2.7 million men and women who served in theater. To accomplish this undertaking VVMF has launched a national Faces Never Forgotten campaign, which includes collecting pictures and stories for each name on The Wall.
Minnesota has 140,000 Vietnam-era veterans living in the state and has 1,074 of its sons memorialized on The Wall.
All veterans and the public are welcome to attend this informative and entertaining free event. Organizers also encourage the public to bring a photo or story of a loved one or fellow veteran whose name is on the Wall. These photos will be digitally scanned and displayed on VVMFs Virtual Wall at www.vvmf.org/thewall until ultimately they are displayed on the video wall at the Education Center.
All are invited to use this opportunity to pay your respects to the state’s Vietnam veterans.