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  • Three Missourians to be posthumously honored in ceremony at Vietnam Veterans Memorial

  • Three Vietnam veterans from Missouri will be among 121 patriots being posthumously honored at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Friday, June 14.
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  • Three Vietnam veterans from Missouri will be among 121 patriots being posthumously honored at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Friday, June 14.
    Jimmy Darryl Bradley of Thornfield, Marvin Duane Gebhardt of Glasgow and Jerry Lester Griffith of Clarksville will be honored during In Memory Day at "The Wall."
    While The Wall has 58,286 names of men and women who died on the battlefield of the Vietnam War, there are many thousands more who have died as a result of the conflict. Their deaths do not fit the Department of Defense criteria for inclusion, but on In Memory Day, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) honors this special group of Vietnam veterans: those who have faced daily difficulties and whose lives have been cut short by their service.
    Bradley passed away in 1997. He served in the Army from 1967-68.
    Gebhardt served in the Navy from 1968-1990 and passed away in January 2013.
    Griffith passed away in 2005. He served in the Army from 1970-71.
    The In Memory Day ceremony falls on Flag Day each June. VVMF believes this is particularly appropriate as the suffering of these veterans endured far longer than the time spent in combat, making them examples of patriotism and sacrifice for all Americans. The ceremony also falls within PTSD Awareness Month for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    From 10 a.m.-noon June 14, VVMF will host more than 800 attendees at the annual ceremony on the East Knoll of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This year, 121 individuals will be honored during the ceremony. The 2013 master of ceremonies is Capt. Denis Faherty, USN (ret.) and speakers include The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, President of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Nancy Switzer, Former Executive Director of the Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ira Hamburg, and wife of In Memory honoree Raymond William Reiche, Maureen Foster.
    The In Memory Honor Roll is available at http://www.vvmf.org/inmemory.
    The In Memory Day ceremony is a solemn ceremony attended by friends and family and includes the presentation of Colors and the singing of the National Anthem. During the ceremony, the names of all the honorees are read aloud and certificates bearing the honorees' names are placed at The Wall. These certificates are later collected by the National Park Service and stored in a permanent archive.
    Established in 1979, the VVVMF is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War.
    The Education Center at The Wall will be a place on our National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
    With plans to begin construction in 2015, the Center is a technologically-innovative learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials.
    Page 2 of 2 - Visitors will better understand the profound impact that the Vietnam War and other wars had on their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation. The Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall, honoring those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served. The Center will also celebrate the legacy of service that links the heroes of America's past to those still serving today.
    Learn more about the Education Center at The Wall by visiting www.vvmf.org or by calling 866-990-WALL.

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