Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is celebrated each year in the United States on March 29. Since 1973, this momentous day commemorates veterans and their families’ sacrifices during the Vietnam War. 

It was a war that raged on for 20 years, from 1955 to 1975. The war was fought between the North Vietnamese and the South Vietnamese. The north had the support from the communist allies including the Soviet Union and China, while the south had the support of the west with the United States. The main reason why the U.S. got involved in Vietnam was to try and keep communism from spreading around the world. 

There were 58,209 U.S. service members that were killed in the Vietnam War. Unfortunately, our own state was faced with numerous casualties as well. It is reported that 3,150 Pennsylvanians perished as a result of the conflict. Although those veterans are gone, they certainly aren’t forgotten. 

In 2009, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), in conjunction with the Department of Military Veterans Affairs (DMVA), launched an initiative to honor fallen heroes. First, these two organizations took on a massive search as they began collecting photos of deceased Vietnam veterans. Then, they placed the pictures on a virtual wall where they could be honored from anywhere around the world. 

Amazingly, all 3,150 photos of the Pennsylvanian service members who perished during the war are posted on VVMF’s virtual wall, which can be found at vvfm.org. Although, it took ten years for this portfolio to come together, in 2019, the final elusive photo of the U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Matthew Harris Jr., of Philadelphia was added. 

On November 7, 2021, VVMF began a 3:00 p.m. daily virtual reading of the names of the individuals who died upon that date. The names are read in alphabetical order. These daily readings run on VVMF’s Facebook page, their YouTube channel, and their website at vvmf.org/rotn. The readings will continue to run until November 6. 

Northern Connection magazine salutes and honors all Vietnam War veterans for their service and dedication to our country.