Tuesday, January 25, 2011

VVA: Press Release: VVA Applauds the Defense Department's Announcement of the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration


Press Release

January 1 8, 2011

No. 11-1
Mokie Pratt Porter
301-585-4000, Ext. 146
VVA Applauds the Defense Departments Announcement of the Vietnam War
50th Commemoration

Washington, D.C.--Vietnam Veterans of America welcomed todays
announcement by the Department of Defense to move forward with plans
to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Said VVA
National President John Rowan, Whatever one feels about our nations
venture in Southeast Asia, commemorating the 50th anniversary of our
efforts there honors the selflessness and sacrifice of all who served,
both in Southeast Asia and in locations all over the globe, including
those in the continental United States.

This long-awaited news signifies that, at last, the Defense Department
will move forward with plans to fulfill the intent of the 2008
National Defense Authorization Act and support a full range of events
to achieve the objectives outlined in the legislation. These include:

-Thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who
were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for
their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to
thank and honor the families of these veterans ;

-Highlight the service of the armed forces during the Vietnam War and
the contributions of federal agencies and governmental and
non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the
armed forces ;

-Pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people
of the United States during the Vietnam War; and

-Highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related
to the military research conducted during the Vietnam War.

There are more than 58,000 names engraved on The Wall, the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial on the Mall in our Nations capital. They are the
fathers and brothers, sisters, daughters, and sons who made the
ultimate sacrifice. The commemoration will acknowledge and honor their
contributions and their memory,Rowan said. But those veterans who have
passed away for causes attributed to their service in Southeast Asia,
and those who are with us still and whose lives were forever changed
by their experiences during their service to our nation must also be

It would be fitting, Rowan added, for the In Memory Plaque, which
memorializes the veterans whose post-war deaths are attributed to
their service in the Vietnam War, to be given the prominence it
warrants as part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
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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