FOREST LAKE, Minn. — Local veterans will mark Vietnam Veterans Day with a sixth annual ceremony at 2 p.m. March 24, at the American Legion Post No. 225 located at 355 West Broadway Ave. in Forest Lake.
KLBB-AM 1220 and veteran KSTP news anchor Stan Turner is master of ceremony at the event.
This year, the ceremony hosts the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) from Washington, D.C. VVMF, along with the National Park Service, is responsible for building the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Three Soldiers statue and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial on the National Mall. VVMF Development Associate Netta Squires gives a presentation about the Education Center that will be located on the National Mall directly across from The Wall.
The new center will be a state-of-the-art learning facility that features the faces and stories of the 58,282 men and women who did not return from Southeast Asia, as well as the 2.7 million men and women who served in theater. To accomplish this undertaking, VVMF has launched a national Faces Never Forgotten campaign, which includes collecting pictures and stories for each name on The Wall.
Minnesota has 140,000 Vietnam-era veterans living in the state and has 1,074 of its sons memorialized on The Wall.
All veterans and the public are welcome to attend this informative and entertaining event. We also encourage the public to bring a photo or story of a loved one or fellow veteran whose name is on the Wall. These photos will be digitally scanned and displayed on VVMFs Virtual Wall at www.vvmf.org/thewall until ultimately they are displayed on the video wall at the Education Center.
We invite you to use this opportunity to pay your respects to our Vietnam veterans.