Khánh Thành Khu Tưởng Niệm Chiến Tranh Việt Nam tại Vancouver, WA
VANCOUVER, Wash.—September 26, 2016— The Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC), and VA Portland Health Care System invite the community to the unveiling and dedication of the Vietnam Memorial Monument at the Vancouver VA campus on Saturday, October 15 at 11 a.m.
This new memorial will honor 59 Clark County military service members who were killed in Vietnam. Brass plaques with these war heroes’ names have been mounted on stone monuments under the Huey helicopter. All Vietnam-era veterans will be recognized and honored at the event with a 50th Anniversary commemorative pin.
“Thanks to all the volunteers in our community who have made this memorial a reality. A character of a community is judged by how it remembers those who sacrifice for their country,” said CMAC co-chair, Larry J. Smith, Army colonel and Vietnam combat veteran.
A reception with light refreshments will start at 10:00 in the Vancouver VA campus gymnasium, adjacent to the Memorial Garden. Follow the signs to the event once you enter the campus at 1601 E. 4th Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98663.
Featured speakers event will be Jerilyn Brusseau and Rae Cheney, the sister and mother of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Daniel Cheney, one of the Clark County military service members who was killed in Vietnam and listed on the new memorial. The Brusseaus cofounded PeaceTrees VietNam. They travel frequently to Vietnam to assist those whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the explosive remnants of war. PeaceTrees sponsors demining and mine risk education, victim assistance, and community building projects, such as kindergartens and libraries, in partnership with the people of Quang Tri Province.
All CMAC events are privately funded. CMAC is an all-inclusive group composed of members representing youth, education, civic, military, veterans groups, and local governments. CMAC executes and plans community-wide events, such as the Memorial Day, Veterans Day, High School Salute, and POW/MIA Day ceremonies and recognition/support of military families of all services.
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