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Photo's taken on May 27th, 2007   Memorial Day weekend
For those that are unfamiliar with
the area:
The In Memory Plaque is located in
the corner of the walkway near
The Three Servicemen Statue, 
it lies flush with the walkway around it.

The Red star is the In Memory Plaque

On Sunday, May 27th was the first time that Mary Beth honored her father in a public ceremony. She felt honored to be a part of the Wreath Laying Ceremonies
that took place.

Her father was a Vietnam Veteran who served his country honorably,  & later died due to herbicide related illnesses.

At the end of the ceremonies this
is where we left our wreaths & mementos,
In Memory of our loved ones.

This is the In Memory Plaque Memorial
& we are very saddened by it's present condition

Click to download in Word Doc form >                  <or copy & paste to your own letterhead
Never Been There & Seen The In Memory Plaque?
Want to visit & see for yourself?
Vietnam Veterans
of America
also took pictures
& joins with us as we try
to see these conditions corrected.

See AVVA's Pictures
>In Memory Plaque<
>Memorial Day 2007<
If our Country couldn't
give him Justice,
While he was here to listen
to the praise,
Then at least let's give him
honor, at the ending of
his days.

Without honoring our Veterans now  future generations will not understand the cost of freedom, nor will they know what their fathers & grandfathers sacrificed so that they may enjoy their freedoms of today
More Information & History Of The In Memory Plaque
"In memory of the men and women who served in the
Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service.
We honor and remember their sacrifice."
The plaque acknowledges the service of and pays tribute to veterans who died prematurely because of their service in the Vietnam War from causes including exposure to toxic herbicides (i.e., cancers; diabetes), post traumatic stress disorder (i.e., heart attacks, suicide) and Hepatitis C, among others.

Many people worked very hard & were committed to the project as they looked forward to the day that those Veterans would be honored at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It took Ruth Coder Fitzgerald President of Vietnam War In Memory Memorial, Inc. and her committee over 8 years to have this Memorial approved by Congress. Many people worked very hard & were committed to the project as they looked forward to the day that those Veterans would be honored at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The plaque was beautiful upon its dedication and many have
found great healing with its placement.

Since Vietnam, Americans who served their country in Southeast Asia
in this nation's longest war have continued to suffer premature deaths related to their service, due to Agent Orange induced illnesses,
post-traumatic stress disorder, and a growing register of other causes.
The Department of Veterans Affairs maintains no comprehensive
records of these "hidden casualties of Vietnam."
Their names will never be inscribed on The Wall.

"There is a void at The Wall",
in the words of one of these veterans' widows.
To help bridge the void, the nonprofit
Vietnam War In Memory Memorial Plaque Project
formed in the mid-90's and obtained overwhelming Congressional
approval for a privately funded ground-level plaque on the Memorial grounds, bearing no names, but designed and worded to acknowledge
and commemorate these postwar casualties.

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Ruth has retired since the placement of the plaque but many feel
that we shouldn't let her accomplishment of the plaque be sacrificed due to it's present condition today.

I have taken the liberty to borrow the words from the beginning of the original Vietnam War In Memory Memorial Plaque Project Website
I have done this because I feel these words & feelings speak for so many.
I also believe that these same words should evoke a sense of
responsibility to anyone that cares about the Veterans that
the In Memory Plaque Memorial represents.
If you feel as saddened as we do after viewing either the actual 'In Memory Plaque'
itself or the pictures provided, along with the information about this memorial
Please let us know! Email us, let us know your thoughts & ideas.

More importantly!

Contact your states' congress members, get them involved!

Contact your senators, get them involved!

Sample letter you can download & personalize if you want
(It is very much the same as the one we sent from our organization)
"Those it honors share just one thing:
they gave their lives for their country."
The following  opinion piece supporting the In Memory memorial plaque was printed in the Washington Post's 'Close to Home' section Sunday, April 2, 2000. It is the opinion of Robert W. Doubek, who, as project director, piloted the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Federal approval
For Reference:
Inscription on The In Memory Plaque Memorial

There was something I wanted to talk to you about, but didn't mention in our conversation on the phone. I had a bit of a bad experience this weekend at the memorial, and I wanted your input. I went to visit the In Memory plaque and leave a tribute for my Dad. I got down on both knees in front of it, put his picture down beside it, and bent down to kiss the stone, just as I always do. Before I could even move, a group of people just walked on top of it and stood there. It's like.. HELLO! YOU'RE STANDING ON A MONUMENT!!! I politely said excuse me three times before anyone even bothered to look down. I calmly said "In case you weren't aware, you're standing on part of the monument. This isn't just another brick, it's part of the memorial." "Oops." That was all one of them said, but they continued to stand on it! So I said excuse me again. The same girl looked down as if I were annoying her, and I said "my Dad died a painful death and this memorial you are still standing on represents his suffering. If you wouldn't mind, would you please step aside so that I can pay my respects, or do I have to move you myself??" They finally moved, convinced that I meant business, and am obviously capable of doing what I said I would do. As angry as I am at them for being ignorant, I also feel bad because I'm sure they didn't see it. (Although they should have moved the second it was pointed out to them.) I know this is considered a small victory for us that we even have this plaque, but I can't help but feel that we're still a dirty secret. It's a small square, flush to the ground, hidden in the corner as far away from the statue as it can get. No one even knows it's there, except those of us who have someone in our lives that it represents. I sat for hours writing an e-mail to Jan Scruggs at VVMF. I pledged $500 of my own money to help make improvements, and vowed to raise any funds necessary to complete the task. I suggested illuminating the stone, or perhaps adding a decorative fencing around it, so that a) people know it's there, and b) people don't walk all over it like it's just another stone in the walkway. I am very hurt by this, and it left a black mark on my memory of the day and event. Some people would read this and think I'm overreacting. But no one can walk on the Wall. They can't trample on the Three Servicemen statue, or the Women's memorial. What are your thoughts?


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