Most Americans have someone in their family or friends who is a Vietnam Veteran or gave their lives for our nation. If you have visited the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall, you have some familiarity of the great amount of heroes that were lost during the war, but this does not give the full story. As time goes by it is imperative that future generations know what sacrifice was give and not forget.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial fund is reaching out to to veterans, active-duty service members, and others that have a direct connection to particular military service with the Service Branch Challenge Campaign. The funds raised are to help build The Education Center at the Wall where the history of the Vietnam War can be told and the stories of those that appear on the Wall can be told to future visitors.
So who has answered the call to build The Education Center at the Wall thus far?
- The U.S. Military Academy Class of 53' wanted to raise $1,000 for each of the 13 classmates whose names are on The Wall. In less than two weeks, they met their goal, But instead of stopping, they kept on going…and are now nearly double their original goal.
- The 349th Military Airlift Wing challenged each of its members to make a $100 gift to honor those who served in the Air Force during Vietnam.
- Danielle Sydorenko signed up to be an advocate and set a goal of raising $1,111 from family in friends in memory of her father, USMC Cpl. Daniel J. Clevenger. As of today, she is only $182 short of her goal.