Leader in Missing in Action Recovery is Veterans Day Speaker on Nov. 11

Posted: Monday, October 29, 2018

Col. Ward B. Nickisch USA (ret.) will be the keynote speaker for the Veterans Day ceremony at the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 12:30 p.m.
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Veterans “Yard Sale” Benefits POW/MIA Monument on Oct. 20

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2018

The PVVM Fund is partnering with JDog Junk Removal, a franchise operation for veterans, for a huge “yard sale” for household goods, furniture, tools, exercise equipment, appliances etc. On Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the JDog Junk Removal Yard Sale for the Philadelphia POW/MIA Monument will be held at the ChartHouse at 555 S. Columbus Blvd. near Penns Landing. JDog franchise owners will be scouring the Greater Philadelphia area for the best items for sale. It will be cash only, with all the proceeds going to the Memorial. JDog has franchises in 35 states that are owned and operated by veterans and military families. The founders are Jerry Flanagan, an Army veteran, and his wife Tracy Read more


POW-MIA Night at the Races: Friday, July 27

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

POW-MIA Night at the Races will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 from 7pm-11pm at the Michael J. Crescenz MOH Rising Sun VFW Post 2819.

UPDATE: Because it's getting nearer to the event, please consider mailing a check for the purchase of horses for $10 each and a donation of $25 to enter the event, which includes food and beverages. Mail a check made out to PVVMF for the number of horses (include the name of your horse if you want) and $25 for a ticket to Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund at PO Box 29425, Philadelphia, PA 19125. Your ticket will be held at the door, along with the horse(s) you wish to purchase."

See the attached flyer for more information.  

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VSO Beer Garden: Celebrating our Vietnam Veterans Aug. 29, 2018

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Come join Philadelphia's leading veteran service organizations for a casual evening of craft beer tasting, food and networking. Learn more and register at VSO-Beer-Garden.Eventbrite.com  Read more


Four Chaplains Chair to Speak at Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 28 at 12:30 p.m.

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018

 
The keynote address on Memorial Day will be given by Capt. Louis A. Cavaliere, USN (ret.). who is chairman The Chapel of Four Chaplains at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia.
 
He served in a number of shipboard billets between 1971-79, including a two- year tour as chief engineer of the USS Glover, which was deployed to the Middle East in 1978. He joined the inactive reserve and was recalled to active duty in 1989 with the Military Sealift Command for nine months during Operation Desert Storm, for which he received the Navy Meritorious Service Medal. He retired in 1995 after 25 years of Naval service and recently retired as general manager for government contracts from Keystone Shipping Company in Philadelphia. He holds an MBA from Rutgers University.
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Radio Shows To Feature POW/MIA Campaign

Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2018

The POW/MIA Campaign will be featured on local radio stations in early May.

The show, Philadelphia Focus, hosted by Lora Lewis, will air Sunday, May 6 at 6 a.m. on The Fanatic 97.5 and on 610 ESPN at 7:30 a.m.

It will repeat next Monday , May7 at 10:30 a.m. on WWDBAM 860. Ms Lewis interviews former POW Ralph Galati and Terry Williamson and Tom Roberts, members of the POW/MIA Committee.

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Radio Campaign Launched to Raise Funds for POW/MIA Monument

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018

Beasley Media Group Philadelphia will be conducting a radio campaign to help raise money to build the POW/MIA Monument at the Memorial.  Read more


First National Vietnam Veterans Day Observed by Philadelphia

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2018

The City of Philadelphia will officially observe the first National Vietnam Veterans Day with a presentation of a resolution from City Council Thursday, March 29 at 2 PM to the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Board of Directors.

The presentation will be made during a ceremony by Councilman David Oh at the Memorial at Spruce Street and Columbus Boulevard. Other dignitaries expected to attend include Councilman Mark Squilla and former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castile, as well as leaders of veterans’ organizations. This will be the first ceremony since the President signed a law last March recognizing the day in honor of Vietnam Veterans. One of the co-sponsors of the bill was PA Sen. Pat Toomey.

To also mark the occasion will be the launch of a new book, "Edison 64," the story of the 64 attendees of Edison high school who were lost in the Vietnam war, the largest number of any high school in the nation. The book was written by local author Richard Sand, who interviewed over a two-year period many surviving veterans, former teachers and family members of those who died.

Sand is a noted historian and award-winning author of a dozen books. A college professor and practicing attorney, he was a member of The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and was honored by The State Senate for his contribution to the arts. He also has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

“Edison 64 tells the story of a unique and haunting part of American history in which more soldiers were killed from one high school than any other,” Sand said. “It is about the men who came from North Philadelphia to sacrifice for their country in a way no others did.”

The books will be presented to Councilman Oh and Squilla, Justice Castille, one of the founders of the memorial and wounded Vietnam veteran, PVVMF President Terry Williamson and Darryrl Johnson, USAF veteran, Edison Alumni and retired Edison HS educator. Sand plans to donate a portion of the proceeds of the book to the Memorial Fund.

Vietnam Veterans Day has been recognized one way or another since 1973 on either March 29th or March 30th of each year, through a patchwork of state resolutions. However, in 2017, the official date was set as March 29th.

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