Event News Update November 7, 2004

UPDATE: Dedication of the Vietnam War In Memory Memorial Plaque

Ruth Coder Fitzgerald,
President, Vietnam War In Memory Memorial, Inc.
808 Charlotte Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Fax - 540-371-1663

Vietnam Veterans To Honor Postwar Casualties
In Candlelight Memorial Plaque Dedication Nov. 10

The newest element of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the In Memory Memorial Plaque, will be dedicated in a candlelight ceremony sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America (vva.org) Wednesday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m., EST. The starting time of the 50-minute ceremony has been changed from 7 pm to allow more opportunity for parking along Constitution Avenue, which typically becomes available at 6:30 pm.

The ceremony at the plaza near the Three Servicemen Statue will celebrate the project's accomplishment and affirm what the late Adm. Elmo Zumwalt called the plaque's 'important mission -- a permanent place of public recognition and honor on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for countless Vietnam veterans whose service-related postwar deaths are not recognized by name on the Wall.

The In Memory plaque was 'unveiled' in a weekday ceremony July 8 by the American Battle Monuments Commission
(http://www.abmc.gov/abmc7.htm) The dedication ceremony, on the eve of Veterans Day, will be accessible to wider participation by veterans and family members. Television lights will be no deterrent to the conduct of the majority of the evening ceremony, but camera crews are invited to take full advantage of the effect of the illumination of high-intensity glowsticks which will be used in lieu of candles during the closing moments.

Please check with VVA press contact below regarding mult box availability.




Vietnam War In Memory Memorial Plaque
November 10, 2004 7:30 pm

Call To Service
Master of Ceremonies - Rick Weidman
(Vietnam Veteran - Combat Medic)

Invocation - George Duggins
(Past National President - Vietnam Veterans of America)

Presentation of Colors
(VVA Chapter 752, Culpeper, Virginia)

Pledge of Allegiance - Mary Miller,
(President - Associates, Vietnam Veterans of America)

National Anthem - Capt. Duane L. Feuerhelm , USN, (Ret)

Welcoming remarks and introduction of speakers - Rick Weidman

Ruth Coder Fitzgerald
President, Vietnam War In Memory Memorial, Inc.

Thomas Buckley
(Husband of the late Lynda Van Devanter, one of the nation's foremost women's veterans advocates,
whose memoir, "Home Before Morning,"helped to inspire "China Beach."

More information about Ms. Van Devanter is available at

Thomas H. Corey
President - Vietnam Veterans of America

Moment of Remembrance & Illumination

Amazing Grace
Piper, Patrick O'Brien

George Duggins

Ryan Maxwell Blank
Culpeper, Virginia


Press Contacts:

Vietnam Veterans of America
Mokie Porter, editor, The VVA Veteran 301-585-4800 - ext 146
(Please call Ms. Porter regarding mult box availability)

Jim Doyle, Chair, VVA Public Affairs Committee 559- 222-2203
(From Nov 8 throughVeterans Day contact via VVA main number 301-585-4800)

VVA Online Press Release: http://www.vva.org/PressReleases/2004/pr04-030.htmVVA
VVA Online Public Invitation to Dedication Ceremony: http://www.vva.org/whatsnew/InMemoryPlaque/index.htm

Vietnam War In Memory Memorial, Inc.
Ruth Coder Fitzgerald