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    Items Left at The Wall Tell Stories of Healing, Loss

    03/03/2015 12:07 PM

    The Wall has become a sacred place where millions have come to reflect, remember, and heal from a war that is still affecting a nation today. Many are moved to leave items for the fallen and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. More than 400,000 items have been left at The Wall to date. MORE

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    Jan Scruggs Announces Retirement

    02/27/2015 10:13 AM

    Jan C. Scruggs, the Vietnam veteran who led the movement to build The Wall and established the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), has announced his retirement. On June 30, 2015, Scruggs will step down as president of VVMF. Day-to-day operations of VVMF have been turned over to Jim Knotts, CEO since October 2014. MORE

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    40,000 Photos Submitted for Faces Never Forgotten Effort

    02/25/2015 12:19 PM

    VVMF’s Faces Never Forgotten photo collection campaign has reached another milestone. With the addition of the photo of SGT Stephen J. Smith of Convoy, Ohio, VVMF has now reached 40,000 photos collected. The goal of the campaign is to collect a photo for the 58,300 inscribed on The Wall. MORE

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    Board Member William Murdy Recognized As West Point Distinguished Graduate

    02/06/2015 01:01 PM

    VVMF board member William Murdy has been selected as a 2015 West Point Association of Graduates Distinguished Graduate. The Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) is given to graduates of the United States Military Academy whose character, distinguished service, and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: “Duty, Honor, Country.” MORE

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    VVMF Partners With The Truckload Carriers Association To Help Bring The Wall That Heals to Communities Across America

    01/28/2015 09:51 AM

    The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) are partnering to bring The Wall That Heals to communities across America. A 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces during the Vietnam War. MORE

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    VVMF Sponsors 'Citizen Soldier: Fiction of War'

    01/18/2015 12:33 PM

    On January 18th, The Pritzker Military Museum & Library aired Citizen Soldier: Fiction of War, an insightful discussion by Vietnam veterans and award-winning writers Tim O'Brien and Karl Marlantes on the subjects of literature, war, politics, and writing. O'Brien and Marlantes' use of story-telling blurs the lines between fact and fiction, and explores the different ways of speaking about war experiences to an audience. VVMF is a sponsor of the episode. MORE

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    The Wall That Heals Kicks Off 2015 in Florida

    01/09/2015 05:37 PM

    The Wall That Heals, VVMF's half-scale Wall replica and mobile Education Center, will be crisscrossing the nation again! The 2015 tour begins in Riverview, Florida on January 14th for four days of events dedicated to honoring veterans. MORE

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    Hometown Heroes Inspires Ways Students Honor Veterans

    01/05/2015 01:09 PM

    With a teaching career spanning 27.5 years, Jennifer Whitson knows the meaning of “busy” very well. A teacher at Steelville Middle School in Steelville, Missouri, Whitson has led her students in a multitude of projects designed to honor Vietnam veterans. MORE

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    Help These States Collect Remaining Photos For Their Fallen

    12/29/2014 03:33 PM

    In 2014, The Faces Never Forgotten effort reached a huge milestone - collecting 38,300 photos for those whose names are inscribed on The Wall. VVMF now needs less than 20,000 to put a face to every name on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Iowa, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Delaware and Idaho have less than 100 photos that need to be collected in order to complete their state's efforts. MORE

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    Christmas Tree Decorating Set for Dec. 14

    12/09/2014 03:36 PM

    During the weekend of December 13-15, wreaths will grace the memorial's 142 panels, and a Christmas tree will be decorated by volunteers of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. MORE

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    South Dakota Becomes Fourth State to Find Every Photo for Their Fallen

    12/01/2014 11:16 AM

    In November 2014, South Dakota completed the effort of putting a face to the 192 South Dakotians on The Wall. The midwestern state joins New Mexico, Wyoming, and North Dakota in their momentous feat collecting photos for each of their state's fallen servicemembers. MORE

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    VVMF Proud To Partner With USAA

    11/21/2014 04:51 PM

    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) recently named USAA as its provider of choice allowing the financial services association to offer VVMF’s eligible members and supporters access to USAA’s full suite of financial products, including co-branded credit cards from American Express® and MasterCard® designed specifically for VVMF. MORE

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    Veterans Day to Mark 30th Anniversary of Three Servicemen Statue

    11/08/2014 02:12 PM

    This Veterans Day will mark the 30th Commemoration Anniversary of The Three Servicemen Statue. The statue was unveiled on Veterans Day in 1984, two years after the Wall's completion. MORE

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    Build the Center Benefit to Raise Funds for the Creation of the Education Center at The Wall to be held on November 10

    11/05/2014 12:31 PM

    VVMF will host its fifth annual signature fundraiser, the Build the Center Benefit, on November 10, 2014 at the National Building Museum. The event is held to raise awareness and funds for the building of the Education Center at The Wall. MORE

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    Secretary of Defense Charles T. Hagel to lead Veterans Day at The Wall

    11/05/2014 10:06 AM

    VVMF and the National Park Service will host the annual Veterans Day ceremony to celebrate the service and honor the sacrifice of America’s armed forces. Secretary of Defense Charles T. Hagel will present the keynote remarks and pay tribute to America’s service members, past and present. The event will be held at The Wall on Tuesday, November 11, at 1:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. MORE

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    20,000 Photos Needed To Put A Face to Every Name On The Wall

    10/21/2014 11:24 AM

    As of today, VVMF has located photos for 38,300 of the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This means VVMF has only 20,000 photos remaining to put a face to every name on The Wall. MORE

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    Jan Scruggs To Be Awarded the Tenth Annual Phelps Award

    10/12/2014 01:35 PM

    The Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Plaza will honor Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), as the tenth annual honoree of the Phelps Award. The Phelps Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves by bringing exemplary honor and support to veterans, and especially Vietnam Veterans. MORE

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    Jim Knotts named Chief Executive Officer of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

    09/25/2014 09:03 AM

    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) has named Jim Knotts as Chief Executive Officer effective October 6th. Knotts previously held the position of president and CEO of Operation Homefront. MORE

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    On POW/MIA Recognition Day, VVMF honors the 1,641 service members who remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War

    09/19/2014 08:51 AM

    According to The National League of POW/MIA Families, as of September 18, 2014, the Department of Defense (DoD) has still listed 1,641 personnel who remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. MORE

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    VVMF recognizes the eight Vietnam servicemen who were recently accounted for

    09/18/2014 06:41 PM

    Each year, VVMF works with the Department of Defense (DOD) to ensure that The Wall is accurate. When MIAs are recovered in Vietnam, VVMF makes the appropriate changes. In 2014, the statuses of eight men, whose names are on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, were changed and honored. All eight were accounted for in the past year. MORE

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    Veteran serves country in Vietnam and community on Sept. 11

    09/11/2014 08:52 AM

    We remember September 11, 2001. We remember the nearly 3,000 people who died as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, including more than 300 New York firefighters. Salvatore Cassano helped rebuild the FDNY department following that fateful day. But his devoted service to country, community and fellow man began when he was an apprehensive 21 year-old arriving in Vietnam. MORE

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    Appreciating Volunteers of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    09/08/2014 08:39 AM

    Volunteers of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are seen wearing yellow hats and matching yellow shirts, standing by the Wall with pencils, name rubbing papers, tissues, and knowledge of everything you could have wanted to know from the memorial. MORE

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    DoD willing to reconsider discharges of Vietnam vets with PTSD

    09/04/2014 01:16 PM

    Throughout the Vietnam era, some veterans were discharged under less-than-honorable conditions due to behavior or incidents that may have been related to what has now been diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). On Wednesday, the Department of Defense announced specific guidance to help ease the application process for veterans and their families who are seeking redress. MORE

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    Remembering the Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan

    08/18/2014 12:00 PM

    This year marked the 48th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, one of the most well-known Australian engagements of the Vietnam War. MORE

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    VVMF Receives Final Design Approval for Education Center at The Wall

    07/17/2014 03:24 PM

    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) received final design approval today from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) for the Education Center at The Wall. After nine years of hearings and design modifications, this is the final step in the building and design approval process and puts VVMF in the position of being “shovel-ready” to build the Education Center at The Wall. MORE

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    Hometown Heroes Curriculum Launches On June 25th

    07/15/2014 04:48 PM

    On June 25th, 2014 VVMF launched its newest service learning project, Hometown Heroes. The main objective of Hometown Heroes is to collect the photos and stories of those who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War and other military conflicts. MORE

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    2014 Father's Day at The Wall

    07/15/2014 02:11 PM

    On Father's Day this year, VVMF volunteers and staff place thousands of roses at the base of The Wall to honor the fathers who never made it home and the men who never got a chance to start families of their own. And for the first time in 2014, we placed roses for those members of the In Memory program. MORE

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    131 Honored During 2014 In Memory Weekend

    07/15/2014 10:15 AM

    This year, 130 men and 1 woman were honored through our In Memory program, where they were recognized and remembered for the sacrifices they made after the Vietnam War ended. MORE

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    Memorial Day Observance at The Wall 2014

    07/15/2014 10:10 AM

    Every year on Memorial Day, thousands congregate to The Wall to pay their respects and to remember veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. MORE

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    Fourteen Names Added to The Wall in 2014

    07/15/2014 09:10 AM

    The week of Mother's Day, 14 American servicemen had their names engraved on the black granite walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the status designations for eight others whose names are already on The Wall were changed. MORE

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    131 to be Honored at In Memory Ceremony

    06/09/2014 11:15 AM

    More than 1,000 expected to attend In Memory Ceremony on June 14, 2014. MORE

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    VVMF Partners with American Indian Veterans Memorial Inc.

    06/06/2014 08:36 AM

    Organizations will work together to build the Education Center at The Wall. MORE

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    Celebrities Help Raise Awareness for National Reading of the Names

    05/23/2014 03:53 PM

    In support of the National Reading of the Names: Post-9/11 Heroes, a group of celebrities have lent their support to help build awareness for the event on Washington, D.C. on May 24th. MORE

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    Fourteen Names to be Added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    05/05/2014 11:54 AM

    A ceremony on Mother’s Day will honor fourteen name additions and eight status changes at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. MORE

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    Red McCombs Announces Sponsorship Gift for Post 9/11 Heroes Event

    04/15/2014 09:58 AM

    Red McCombs, founder of the Red McCombs Automotive Group in San Antonio, Texas, has recently announced a gift of $50,000 to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). The announcement comes after the news that VVMF will hold a National Reading of the Names for Post 9/11 Heroes during Memorial Day Weekend. MORE

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    Reading Of The Names: Post-9/11 Heroes On May 24th

    04/04/2014 10:04 AM

    For the first time on the National Mall, we will read the names of each and every American servicemember who has made the ultimate sacrifice since the attacks on September 11, 2001. MORE

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    Minnesota Ride Heals, Raises Funds

    03/04/2014 04:04 PM

    A group of VFW members from Minnesota organized a state-wide Ride for Healing to raise funds for the Education Center. MORE

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    Anonymous donor endows photos of local African Americans

    02/11/2014 02:24 PM

    Washington, D.C. – A $20,000 gift from an anonymous donor will be used to endow the photos and stories of 20 African American soldiers from Washington, D.C., ensuring these vital pieces of history will be remembered and honored by visitors for generations to come. MORE

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    VVA Chapter 267 Donates to Build Education Center

    01/30/2014 02:05 PM

    A letter from Chapter President Raul Roy Flores explains why the members of VVA Chapter 267 so generously donated $10,000 to VVMF. MORE

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    Princess Presents Check at Build the Center Benefit

    01/10/2014 11:39 AM

    COO of Carnival Corporation Alan Buckelew presented Jan C. Scruggs with the $300,000 donation. MORE

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    17th Annual Christmas Tree Ceremony Planned for Dec. 16

    12/11/2013 03:41 PM

    Lt. Gen. Kicklighter and Chief Master Sgt. LugoSantiago to speak at 10 am MORE

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    GEICO Presents Check at FedEx Field

    12/05/2013 03:45 PM

    The auto insurance company donated $25,000 to fund the traveling Wall That Heals. MORE

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    Unilever Operation Thank You Supports The Wall That Heals

    12/05/2013 09:10 AM

    Unilever is extending an opportunity for service members and their families to save on everyday products, as well as supporting The Wall That Heals. MORE

  • New Mexico Becomes First State to Collect a Photo for Every Fallen Service Member

    11/12/2013 10:41 AM

    On Oct. 28, 2013, the Vietnam Veterans of America, Northern New Mexico Chapter 996 helped New Mexico to become the first state to put a face to every New Mexican on The Wall. MORE

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    The Winner of the Cruise for America’s Heroes campaign is...

    10/25/2013 02:58 PM

    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is excited to announce the winner of the Cruise for America’s Heroes campaign. After reading through hundreds of nominations from all over the country, we have selected Joe Connolly of Boston, Massachusetts as the recipient of the four-day, Princess Cruises vacation to the Western Caribbean. MORE

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    VVMF and Georgetown University Respond to Government Shutdown

    10/08/2013 10:19 AM

    The Wall That Heals traveling replica erected on campus to ensure that veterans and other visitors have access to America’s most beloved memorial MORE

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    Education Center Advisory Committee Meets

    09/16/2013 10:01 AM

    The Content Advisory Committee for the Education Center at The Wall project will meet for the second time this year at the end of September. MORE

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    Volunteer of the Year Honored at 14th Annual Luncheon

    08/27/2013 04:28 PM

    This year VVMF recognizes Michael Coale for dedicating his time to assisting the more than 4 million annual visitors to The Wall. MORE

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    Business Leaders Donate in Honor of Fallen Classmates

    07/25/2013 04:00 PM

    VVMF is pleased to announce the expansion of its relationship with new corporate sponsor, NewDay USA. The company, one of the nation’s leading VA mortgage companies, has committed to supporting VVMF in our campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall. MORE

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    HR 588 Signed Into Law

    07/18/2013 03:45 PM

    Last night, President Obama signed into law H.R. 588, the Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgement Act of 2013. The bipartisan bill was authored by Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and co-sponsored by Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and 38 other members of Congress. MORE

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    NewDay USA commits $1 million to Build The Center

    06/26/2013 07:36 AM

    On April 13, 2013, employees and executives from NewDay USA, one of the nation's leading mortgage companies serving veterans, gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to help at this year's first washing of The Wall. After the scrubbing was completed, the group convened on the ceremonial grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the presentation of a $1 million check to help build the Center. MORE

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    Women in Wartime: A Donut Dolley

    06/25/2013 04:36 AM

    We were the face of the girl next door, a connection to family, community, home…and we were armed with smiles, a good ear for regional accents and a quick wit. A friend distilled this somewhat lengthy job description—“Oh,” he said, “a cheerleader!” MORE

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    Remembering His Name

    06/25/2013 04:32 AM

    Pfc. Lueco Allen Jr. is on a search and destroy patrol in the Phuoc Tuy province, South Vietnam. In the June heat, he has unbuttoned the top of his uniform. His comrades look down at their feet, trying to negotiate the difficult terrain with their supplies on their backs. Allen’s attention is called up. He locks his eyes on the camera for just a moment before walking away. MORE

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    Charity Cruise to Benefit Veterans Announced

    03/04/2013 02:53 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In benefit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and Operation Homefront, Princess Cruises’first-ever charity cruise to support U.S. veterans will feature a number of special guests including former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen (Ret.); retired senior officers from the Army, Navy and Air Force; an award-winning war correspondent; and other respected speakers, authors and panelists. The voyage is expected to generate $1 million, split equally between the two charities. MORE

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    VVMF assembles Advisory Committee for Center content

    02/27/2013 01:38 PM

    Washington, D.C. – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has asked ten historians, authors, educators, journalists, and veterans to join an Advisory Committee for the Education Center at The Wall, a learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials. The Committee, the National Park Service, and the museum-design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates are collaborating with VVMF on creation of the Center, which is expected to break ground in 2016. MORE

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    VVMF accepts donation from Republic of Singapore

    02/13/2013 02:46 PM

    Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund will accept a generous donation from the Republic of Singapore in a brief ceremony at The Wall. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore,and Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt will briefly speak at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial before the $50,000 donation is presented to Jan C. Scruggs of VVMF. MORE

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    Thousands gather to read the names on The Wall

    11/01/2012 01:33 PM

    Washington, D.C.—For nearly a century, November 11 has been a day to honor veterans. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day the first observance of what was then Armistice Day. He had this to say: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.” MORE

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    VVMF Honors Cardinal Edwin O’Brien

    10/24/2012 01:23 PM

    Washington, D.C.—The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s 30th anniversary year culminates with four days of special events, including the Build the Center Gala, which benefits the construction of the Education Center at The Wall. The gala is also a time for VVMF to honor and recognize those who have been active in supporting the military and their families. MORE

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    Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan

    08/18/2012 11:14 AM

    Today marks the 47th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, one of the most well-known Australian engagements of the Vietnam War. Vietnam Veterans' Day, celebrated in Australia on 18 August each year, commemorates the Battle of Long Tan and those Australians who served during the Vietnam War and is an opportunity to remember those who did not come home. MORE

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    VVMF to welcome President Obama to The Wall

    05/16/2012 11:51 AM

    Washington, D.C.— The White House announced today that President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Memorial Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The event is scheduled to begin at 1:30 PM on May 28th. MORE

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    VVMF partners with HISTORY™ on content for schools

    09/23/2011 09:30 AM

    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) and the HISTORY channel have formed an educational partnership to make teaching materials about the Vietnam War available to the nation’s schools, announced Jan C. Scruggs, VVMF founder and president. Also, HISTORY has joined the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall, which will provide learning opportunities for all visitors. MORE

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    Australian PM announces $3 million gift

    03/07/2010 11:31 AM

    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will speak on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Monday morning, March 7, to announce the Australian government’s $3 million gift to build the Education Center at The Wall, said Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the organization spearheading the campaign to build the Center. This is the first government institution to donate to the Education Center, and the first foreign gift the Center has received. MORE