Vietnam Memorial Restoration Nears Completion

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ —

What: Photo/video opportunity or pre-Veterans Day coverage at the newly restored Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial
When: Now until Veterans Day ceremony at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 11
Where: Memorial at Front and Spruce streets, near the Hyatt at Penns Landing
Contact: Terry Williamson, President, PVVM Fund ([email protected], 610-637-0980) or Adam Leiter at 215-875-4363

Background
Efforts are continuing at a frantic pace to complete work for the Veterans Day unveiling of the newly restored Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, necessitated by 21 years of wear and damage from the weather, general use and vandalism. A more than two-year effort to raise the $500,000 needed for the first phase of our “Duty to Remember” Campaign for the preservation of the Memorial has resulted in the replacement of paving material, restoration of damaged granite, new lighting, a refurbished “wall of names,” the installation of flagpoles to honor POW/MIAS and for each of the Armed Services and other improvements to create virtually a “brand new” Memorial. One of the other exciting improvements is a web-based 24/7 camera system, which just became operational this week, to permit individuals to visit our web site at www.pvvm.org to view a live video feed of the Memorial.

The ceremony will feature an unveiling of the wall of names by the Vietnam history class of LaSalle College High School and raising of the Armed Services flags by an active duty member of each branch of service. The keynote speaker is PA Justice Seamus McCaffrey and remarks will be delivered by Mayor Michael Nutter. The unveiling marks the start of the second phase of our campaign, which is to open the Spruce Street side of the Memorial to create greater awareness and deter the vandalism that continues to plague the site since its dedication. The goal is to raise an additional $500,000 for this phase.

SOURCE Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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