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.
Brigadier-General Tan Chee Wee, Defence Attache, Embassy of Singapore; Mr. Nicholas Phan, Counsellor, Embassy of Singapore; Mr. Daryl Sng, Counsellor, Embassy of Singapore; Lieutenant-Colonel Lim Yew Hock, Assistant Defence Attache, Embassy of Singapore; Ms. Clara Koh, First Secretary, Embassy of Singapore; and Mr. Jerome Lee, First Secretary, Embassy of Singapore will also be in attendance.
Singapore did not provide combat forces in the Vietnam War; however the former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, believes that if the U.S. and its allies had not intervened in Southeast Asia, Singapore would be a communist state today.
The donation will be used to help build the Education Center at The Wall, a place on the National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The Education Center is a technologically-innovative learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact the Vietnam War had on their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation. The Center will feature the faces and stories of the 58,282 men and women on The Wall, honoring those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served.
Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War.
Support the Education Center at The Wall by visiting www.buildthecenter.org, calling 866-990-WALL.