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. The Reading of the Names will honor those who gave their lives in our most recent wars during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. McCombs joins a growing list of supporters and endorsers for the event that will help build a bridge to heal wounds and honor America’s newest warriors.
For the first time on the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), in partnership with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), will read the names of the nearly 7,000 American service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since the attack on Sept. 11, 2001. Americans from across the nation will join together to read the names of these heroes in the order they were taken from us on May 24, 2014. The ceremony will take place on the East Knoll of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and begin at 9 am.
“Events and ceremonies could not be made possible without generous gifts like those from McCombs,” said Jan Scruggs, founder of VVMF. “This Memorial Day weekend will continue the process of healing. We know the importance of honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to country. The new generations of heroes deserve our admiration, our respect, and our gratitude.”
Red McCombs is a U.S. Army veteran, later founding the Red McCombs Automotive Group and becoming co-founder of Clear Channel Communications. His many successful business endeavors include former ownership of the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Vikings. Mr. McCombs has also dedicated his time to leadership and charitable giving in his community to education and health-oriented charities each year.
Those interested in learning more about the National Reading of the Names: Post-9/11 Heroes event should sign up at this link: http://www.vvmf.org/reading-of-the-names.
Since the Vietnam Veteran Memorial’s dedication in 1982, The Wall has helped to heal a nation’s wounds. Today VVMF’s mission continues with the Education Center at The Wall, a multi-media learning facility to be built on the National Mall that will feature items left at The Wall, photographs of the 58,000 who lost their lives in Vietnam, and a timeline of the Vietnam War. Those who served in the post-9/11 wars will also be honored at the Education Center with a temporary display of the photos of the fallen.