Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to host the Reading of the Names November 7 - 10 to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of The Wall

(Sunrise at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Credit: Harrison Jones)

For Immediate Release
April 7, 2017                                                                                                                                        

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to host the Reading of the Names November 7 - 10 to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of The Wall

Registration for reading times now open at www.vvmf.org/ROTN

 

Washington, D.C. – As part of the commemoration of the 35th anniversary of The Wall, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) will host the Reading of the Names of the more than 58,000 names inscribed on The Wall this November 7 - 10. Registration is now open for reading times at www.vvmf.org/ROTN


The Reading of the Names will take place at The Wall for 65 hours over a four-day period beginning with an opening ceremony on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.  Volunteers will read names for approximately eight hours from 4 p.m. on November 7 to 12 a.m. on November 8.  Participants will then read the names for 19 hours daily from 5 a.m. until 12 a.m. on November 8, 9, and 10. Volunteer readers can sign up for a specific name on The Wall or for a timeslot in which they are available to read. 


“We are pleased to kick off the registration for the Reading of the Names and begin having loved ones and friends sign up to read the names of the Vietnam fallen. More than any other event we host, the Reading of the Names demonstrates the promise that we made 35 years ago to never forget the service and sacrifice of our Vietnam veterans,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF.


The Reading of the Names has taken place in Washington, D.C. just five other times in The Wall’s history.  In November 1982, the names were read aloud at Washington National Cathedral as part of a week-long National Salute to Vietnam Veterans.  The names were read at The Wall during the 10th Anniversary celebration in November 1992, during the 20th Anniversary celebration in 2002, 25th Anniversary celebration in 2007 and during the 30th Anniversary celebration in 2012.


More information on the 35th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, including the Reading of the Names can be found at www.thewall35.org


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization that founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF continues to lead the way in paying tribute to our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families. VVMF’s mission is to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era. To learn more about VVMF, visit www.vvmf.org or call 202-393-0090.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Heidi Zimmerman
hzimmerman@vvmf.org or 202-765-3773