The Vietnam War

In Memory

Memorial Plaque Project

 

 



Honoring America's Post-Vietnam Casualties





 

 


In Memory Memorial Plaque
Dedication Ceremony
November 10, 2004 7:30 pm

 

 

Below is a preliminary selection of dedication photos.

 

 

 

 

George Duggins delivers the Invocation

 

 

 

 

Remarks by speakers

 

 

 

 

Viewing the proceedings

 

 

 

 

Moment of Remembrance

 

 

 

 

At the In Memory Plaque after the ceremony

 

 

 

 

Advisory Board member Carla Carolan, left, with family

 

 

 

 

Minnesota visitor Mary Lou Wolsey

 

 

 

 

Advisory Board Member Genevieve Douglass-Beckham

 

 

 

 

 Floral tributes and personal memorabilia

 

 

 

 

Visiting Cub Scouts learn about the In Memory Plaque

 

 

 

 

Marine Corps Vietnam veterans visit plaque

 

 

 

 

 

~~ Click Here for More Dedication Ceremony photos ~~

 

The Program:

 

 

Call To Service
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 of Vietnam Veterans of America

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

Welcome/Introductions
Rick Weidman

 

Remarks

 

Robert Karotko, National Park Service

 

 

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

 

 


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

 

 

Thomas H. Corey, President, Vietnam Veterans of America

 

 

John P. Rowan, New York State Council, VVA
Reading, 'The Other Side of the Wall'

 

 

~Moment of Remembrance, Illumination ~

 

 

All


Amazing Grace

 

Patrick O'Brien

Benediction
George Duggins

 

Taps
Ryan Maxwell Blank, Floyd T. Binns Middle School, Culpeper, Virginia

 

        

 

 



In Memory Plaque Location

 

 

The In Memory Memorial Plaque is set cathedral-style into an extension of the plaza where the Three Servicemen statue stands, with views toward The Wall and the Women's Memorial. The engraving is in Optima, the same typeface used on the Wall.

 

 

Click here to read the a text -only version of the National Capital Planning Commission's comprehensive 6-page report to the National Park Service regarding the In Memory Memorial Plaque location, design, etc.

 

 


Click here to download the original NCPC document in PDF format.

 

 

Below: Review the In Memory Plaque's progress prior to the VVA's Veterans Day Eve Dedication Ceremony :

~ In Memory Plaque Unveiled ~


 

 

Thursday, July 8, 2004 -- Jennie Lefevre's Agent Orange Quilts figured in the unveiling ceremony held July 8 by the American Battle Monuments Commission. Among the participants were, from left, Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (beyond blue tv camera cover); In Memory Plaque Project leader Ruth Coder Fitzgerald (in blue); Representative Elton Gallegly and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund President Jan C. Scruggs. This was Jennie's last public appearance with the quilts. We honor her memory and thank her for her longstanding loyal support of the In Memory Plaque Project.

Click here to read Rep. Elton Gallegly's address


 

See photos from the July 8 unveiling ceremony:

 

http://www.angelfire.com/oz/in_memory/

Fast (broadband) internet connections will open the pictures page quickly. Phone modem users should expect an extended wait before the full length of the display loads.


The American Battle Monuments Commission has removed donor information from its web site and posted this message:

 

We wish to thank those
who made generous contributions
to make this project a success 

 

No more contributions to the ABMC-VVM Plaque fund are being requested or accepted accepted from private donors. Contributions received in excess of the immediate project needs have been set aside for future maintenance, according to ABMC staff member, Mr. Michael Norbury, who may be reached via email at NorburyM@abmc.gov.

Since 2000, when Congress passed Public Law 106-214 authorizing the plaque, the Vietnam War In Memory Memorial, Inc. has encouraged contributions to the American Battle Monuments Commission's plaque fund. We now gratefully join them in thanking all of you who helped to establish this new element of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. We look forward to greeting as many more of you as possible at 7:30 p.m. November 10, for the dedication to be conducted by Vietnam Veterans of America.

Click Here for the March 30 VVA news release


Donors who have not yet notified us of contributions to the ABMC-VVM Plaque fund are still welcome to notify RCoderFitz@aol.com of the fact, not the amount, of their contribution, and to participate in our In Memory Donor Recognition and Dedications page.

 

 

 

 

 

Father's Day at the In Memory Plaque 
Photo courtesy Joe & Sharon Celesnik

 


 

 

Friday, May 7, 2004 - The Vietnam War In Memory memorial plaque was installed by the American Battle Monuments Commission's contractors on the expanded and renovated plaza near the Three Servicemen statue. Shown from left are Firvida Construction Company president Francisco Firvida, Roberto Firvida, ABMC staff member Michael Norbury, and job foreman Jose M. Cavadas. Granite donated by the National Park Service was treated by the manufacturer to provide a slight contrast in tone and texture. Water used clean the surrounding paving emphasizes the contrast in this photo. The engraving, in Optima, the typeface used on the Wall, is filled with a black grout for legibility. Rain will similarly darken the plaque, temporarily veiling the inscription, as it does the names on the Wall. 


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Friday, April 23, 2004 - Firvida Construction Company stoneworkers proceed with renovation and expansion of the plaza where the In Memory plaque will be located. At left stand architect J.C. Cummings and American Battle Monuments Commission staff member Michael Norbury.


 



ABMC, Architects, Park Service, Stone Contractors Gathered to Advance In Memory Plaque Installation

 

 

Friday, March 5, 2004 ~ Thomas R. Sole, the American Battle Monuments Commission's Director of Engineering, Operations and Maintenance, discusses preparatory measures onsite with (around the circle from his left) job foreman Jose M. Cavadas and president Francisco Firvida of Firvida Construction Company; Scot Ahrnsbrak, National Park Service Right of Way Coordinator; Glenn DeMarr, National Park Service Land Use Coordinator; Vietnam Veterans Memorial Architect of Record J.C. Cummings; Stephen A. Lederach of Arnold Associates Landscape Architecture and Urban Design; Sean Kennealy, Chief of Maintenance, National Capital Parks - Central, and ABMC staff member Michael Norbury.

 

 

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Prior to the authorization of $50,000 to the ABMC by the board of directors of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the Commission received private contributions totaling more than $83,650, including $50,000 from Harley Davidson Motor Company plus more than $33,650 from veterans' families, friends and loved ones and a variety of veterans' groups and other organizations, businesses, and non-federal government sources, including the State of Vermont. Relatively recent group donors included the New Jersey Council of Vietnam Veterans of America and the Agent Orange Widows Awareness Coalition.
 

 


 


You are invited to visit the Vietnam War In Memory Memorial Plaque Project's Main Page and Donor Recognitions and Dedications Page to learn about some of the many other individuals and organizations who have helped along the way.

 


 

In Memory Plaque Project Background:

In 2000, sparked by years of efforts on the part of the grass-roots, non-profit, all volunteer Vietnam War In Memory Memorial, Inc., the 106th Congress overwhelmingly passed legislation proposed by Representative Elton Gallegly of California and Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado, authorizing a commemorative plaque to be added to the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, inscribed to acknowledge and honor veterans whose premature deaths were due to their service but who are not eligible for recognition by name on the Wall.

A federal agency, the American Battle Monuments Commission, was designated by Congress to solicit and accept private contributions and accomplish the commemorative plaque in consultation with the architects of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Inc. and the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation.

The ABMC directed that the design, location and inscription for the commemorative plaque would be reached through a process which included representatives of the VVMF, the VWM, and the Vietnam War In Memory Memorial Plaque Project. The result was approved by authorities, including the National Capital Memorial Commission, the National Commission on Fine Arts, and the National Capital Planning Commission.

At its National Convention in Greensboro, North Carolina, August, 2001, the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., encouraged Vietnam veterans and their families to support the establishment of the Vietnam War In Memory Memorial Plaque and to participate in public awareness and fund raising activities to honor those veterans for whom the In Memory Plaque will bear constant witness.

The In Memory plaque, which bears no names, is inscribed to commemorate ALL postwar casualties whose names are not eligible for placement on the Wall. There is NO requirement for adjudications, donations, registrations, placements on a list, or recognition in a special ceremony for those men and women whose postwar death was service-related to be considered as being included among those whom the In Memory plaque recognizes and honors. 

Please visit our Main Page to view photographs representing some of the many veterans the In Memory plaque will honor, and to learn more about the history of the In Memory Plaque Project, the organizations endorsing it, and the people helping to make it happen.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Donor Recognitions & Dedications Page

 

 

 

ABMC Vietnam Veterans Plaque Page

 

 

 


 

 

For more information please contact:

Ruth Coder Fitzgerald 
President

Vietnam War In Memory Memorial, Inc.
808 Charlotte Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-371-3253

RCoderFitz@aol.com 

Thomas R. Sole - 
Director

Engineering, Maintenance & Operations

American Battle Monuments Commission
Courthouse Plaza II, Suite 500 
2300 Clarendon Boulevard 
Arlington, VA 22201
703-696-6899

solet@abmc.gov


The story of postwar casualties is, unfortunately, a continuing one. Please help to continue raising public awareness of all postwar casualties. Contact your local news media to suggest a story including the Vietnam War In Memory Memorial Plaque. Tell them if you or someone you know are willing to be interviewed. Refer reporters and other media representatives to this website, the ABMC website and to Vietnam Veterans of America for more information...

Thank you!