Restored Vietnam Memorial Unveiled on Veterans Day
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The newly restored Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial (PVVM) at Penns Landing will be unveiled on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at noon at Front and Spruce streets.
The unveiling concludes two years of fund-raising for the $500,000 project necessitated by 21 years of wear and damage from the weather, general use and vandalism. “In many ways, this effort by the PVVM Fund Board of Directors has resulted in virtually a brand new Memorial that will ensure the preservation of this important monument to the sacrifice of 646 Philadelphians,” noted PVVMF president Terry A. Williamson.
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 P. McCaffrey and remarks will be delivered by Mayor Michael Nutter.
The reconstruction represents the first phase of the “Duty to Remember” Campaign for the preservation of the Memorial. Improvements include 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.
One of the exciting improvements is a web-based 24/7 camera system, which just became operational last week, to permit individuals to visit our web site at www.pvvm.org to view a live video feed of the Memorial.
“Unfortunately, the restoration will not halt the vandalism and desecration that has marked the site since its dedication,” Williamson said. “We believe the only way to do that is to open the Spruce Street side of the secluded Memorial to expose such acts to the public. That’s why we have launched the second phase of our campaign to raise $500,000 for this purpose.”
For more information or to see how to help, visit the pvvm.org web site.
SOURCE Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial