“Once again the Memorial, which honors the sacrifice of 648 city sons in the Vietnam War, was the target of miscreants with no reverence for those who have served their country in the Armed Services,” noted Terry A. Williamson, Memorial president. “Since its inception in 1987, it’s been a constant battle to protect and preserve this sacred ground. Read the full story about the recent vandalism here.
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The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a 501 (3) c organization, will be holding a rally at the Memorial, Columbus Blvd and Spruce Street, on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m. in support of a campaign to repair extensive damage caused by recent vandalism.
“We persevere, not by ourselves, but because we know the good people of Philadelphia support our cause and place value on having such a Memorial to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Estimates by Owner’s Rep. the Memorial’s long-time contractor, are that the damage to signage, concrete and stone surrounding plaques and other ornamentation is in excess of $30,000. Besides the vandalism repair, damage due to wear and exposure to the elements, will require another $80,000, according to OR. Any funds raised beyond that needed to correct the vandalism will be used for those purposes.
Regarding the act of vandalism, Philadelphia police from District 6, commanded by Capt. Brian Hartzell, identified a person of interest based on surveillance video.
The Board of the Memorial has been inundated with offers to help - but we need your support! Thank you for your consideration and your support of our veterans.