The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will hold its annual New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day Ceremony on Tuesday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m. Deborah Hospital of Browns Mills, NJ will be on-site offering free health screenings before and after the ceremony.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day was created by legislation in 1991 as a unique day in New Jersey to honor all those who served in the military during the Vietnam Era from 1959 to 1975. More than 200,000 New Jersey residents served in the armed forces during that time, and the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial pays tribute to the 1,562 people from across the State who were killed or listed as missing during the Vietnam War.
The Ceremony’s Special Guest Speaker is Brig. Gen. James J. Grant, Director, Joint Staff – Joint Force Headquarters, New Jersey National Guard. As Director, Grant oversees the training, operations and logistics support for more than 8,300 members of the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard as well the day-to-day operations of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. General Grant received his commission as a Second Lieutenant through the Officer Candidate School in 1982. Prior to his commission, he served as an enlisted member in the United States Marine Corps from 1973 until 1975.
During the Ceremony, the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will award a number of New Jersey State medals for Distinguished Service, Meritorious Service, Korean Service and Vietnam Service. A list of medal recipients is available upon request. Contact Lynn Duane at (732) 335-0033 xt 100.
Prior to the Ceremony, Major General (Ret) Clark Martin, Chairman of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, and Special Guest Speaker Senator Jennifer Beck invite the general public to attend a Remembrance Day Breakfast Fundraiser from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the Robert B. Meyner Reception Center on the grounds of the PNC Bank Arts Center. A suggested donation of $100 is requested to attend. RSVP required to Lynn Duane at (732) 335-0033 xt 100.
Schedule of The Day's Activities:
- 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.: New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation Breakfast Fundraiser, Admission $100, Robert B. Meyner Reception Center on the grounds of the PNC Bank Arts Center
- 11:00 a.m.: New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation Remembrance Day Ceremony
- 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center, Free Admission
During the day, the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Museum’s exhibit hall features a chronology of the Vietnam War that presents a historical recollection of the events of the era, shown in two concurrent timelines – one reflecting the activity in Vietnam and the other reflecting the activity in the United States. The unique space offers visitors a full perspective of the political, military, social and cultural elements in play during the time. Interspersed along this timeline are touch screen computers that provide visitors with an interactive glance at historical events, as well as personal photographs and letters submitted by Vietnam veterans and their families.
“Dedicated in September 1998, the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is the first educational center and museum of its kind in the United States,” said Bill Linderman, Executive Director, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation. “As a Vietnam War veteran, I am honored to pay tribute to the courageous men and women through the stories we share daily. Education is key to preserving our past and honoring the fallen and soldiers who valiantly served our Country.”
The Museum is located adjacent to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden State Parkway at exit 116 in Holmdel. The Memorial is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Museum & Educational Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information on the Memorial or Museum, call 732-335-0033 or visit www.njvvmf.org.
About The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifices, courage and valor of Vietnam veterans and that encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects, which affected the United States, and especially New Jersey.