In Memory

  • The In Memory program honors those who returned home from Vietnam and later died as a result of their service. Apply to honor your loved one in 2019. APPLY
  • The In Memory plaque on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in Washington, D.C. that honors these veterans who served and later died was dedicated in 2004.
  • The In Memory ceremony is held annually in Washington, D.C. where the names of new honorees are read on the National Mall. Watch the 2018 ceremony. Watch the video
  • More than 3,600 veterans have been added to the In Memory Honor Roll since the program began. View the Honor Roll
  • VVMF’s mobile exhibit, The Wall That Heals, includes the digital photos of all In Memory honorees from the state where the exhibit is on display. See it on the road. Learn more
2018 IN MEMORY
Events SCHEDULE
APPLY NOW
FOR 2019
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP

 

What is In Memory?

Since the Vietnam War ended, thousands of Vietnam veterans have died each year due to Agent Orange exposure, PTSD/suicide, cancer and other causes related to their service. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) In Memory program honors those who returned home from Vietnam and later died. 

The plaque on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in Washington, D.C. that honors these veterans was dedicated in 2004 and reads:  In Memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice. 

In Memory was created in 1993 by the group - Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. VVMF began managing the program and hosting the ceremony in 1999. More than 3,600 veterans have been added to the In Memory Honor Roll since the program began. To see all the honorees, please visit:  www.vvmf.org/honor-roll.

 


What's Included?

Having a veteran honored includes:

An invitation to In Memory Weekend in Washington, D.C., which includes a touching ceremony on the site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where each honoree’s name is read aloud. If you are present, you may read the name. Each applicant also receives a printed personal tribute certificate with their veteran’s photo(s).

As part of the In Memory Honor Roll, an online personal remembrance page is created for each honoree with their photo and biographical information. Family members can share the page and leave remembrances about their loved one. 

VVMF’s mobile exhibit, The Wall That Heals, includes the digital photos of all In Memory honorees from the state where the exhibit is on display. 

An invitation to join our Facebook group:  In Memory – Families of Vietnam Veterans lost to Agent Orange and PTSD. The group gives family and friends an online community to connect and share their stories.


How Do I Apply?

WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019 PROGRAM

To have a loved one considered for the In Memory program, you must submit your application to VVMF by March 8, 2019.

What’s required?

Completed application form

Copy of military record that shows proof of service in Vietnam (Form DD214)

Copy of the veteran’s death certificate

Two clear photographs of the honoree (we recommend one photo from the Vietnam era and one photo that is more recent)

 

Examples of proof of service in Vietnam are listed on the DD214 as:

  • Vietnam Service Medal (VSM)

  • Vietnam Campaign Medal (VCM)

  • Vietnam Service Ribbon

If you do not have a copy of the DD214, military service records can be obtained from the National Archives Veterans Service Records. Visit www.archives.gov and click on “Veterans’ Service Records.”

If you have a question about the program or are experiencing difficulty with the application, contact VVMF at (202) 393-0090 or via e-mail at inmemory@vvmf.org.


What are people saying about the program?

 

"It was a weekend that our family shared together and I am amazed at the bonding
        that took place. It almost felt spiritual. We are all still
        processing all the emotions that we felt and it was WONDERFUL .  I did
        not really know what to expect, but it exceeded anything I could have
        expected." 
  

Mary Hotopp, wife of 2018 honoree Arthur Hotopp

 

"The whole experience was very meaningful to me and my family. We
        really felt like it gave the Vietnam veterans some of the recognition
        they never received when they came home.  My husband and children
        never had the opportunity to meet my Dad and this weekend gave me the
        chance to really share him with them." 

Judy Wissel, daughter of 2018 honoree George Land

 

 "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for holding this event and
        everything you do for the veterans who died after they returned from
       Vietnam.  This ceremony gave me a sense of peace and closure in my
        husband's death because of the recognition he finally received for
        giving his life for his country.  Thank you, thank you, thank you."

Linda Mullen, wife of 2018 honoree Gregory Mullen