Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2019
Members of the Vietnamese Community, supported by the ARVN Color Guard, will be conducting a Lunar New Year (Tet) service at the Memorial on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM. The service runs about 45 minutes and will be conducted in front of the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Monument on the Memorial grounds. The service features the raising of a new US Flag and a new Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag to welcome in the new year. All are welcome to attend. Read more
Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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.
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
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.Read more
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018
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.Read more
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
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.Read more