PHOTO: John C. Ricker during combat in Vietnam (credit: Catherine Ricker)
Donations of Personal Engraved Messages Honor Veterans of All Wars and Active Military Personnel at the Vietnam Era Museum in Holmdel, N.J.
Holmdel, N.J. (December 17, 2014) – This holiday season, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF) invites individuals, families, schools, organizations and businesses to honor their friends and family with personal messages engraved on the pavers that line the Huey Plaza at the entrance of the Vietnam Era Museum located at 1 Memorial Lane in Holmdel, NJ (on the grounds of the PNC Arts Center). Those who have purchased pavers to date have honored friends, family, colleagues, veterans of all wars and active military personnel.
"There is no greater gift than to be remembered and honored," said Bill Linderman, Executive Director, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF). "The pavers that line our Huey Plaza are symbolic because they represent not only Vietnam Veterans, but they also feature the names of veterans from all wars and active military personnel. Many Vietnam Veterans, including NJVVMF's Board and volunteers, have dedicated their lives to making sure others receive the "welcome home" many of them never received. Together, all will be permanently placed in the Huey Plaza for visitors to see. Our goal is to place 500 new pavers by the end of 2015."
For a $350 tax-deductible donation, a personal message with a maximum of three lines with 14 text characters on each line can be engraved on one the pavers lining the Huey Plaza. As part of this program, the donor’s name, as sponsor of that paver, will be entered in the Memorial Walkway Paver Registry in the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center. To be included in the May 2015 paver installation, orders are requested by February, 28, 2015. Names will presented at the NJVVMF's Annual Memorial Day Ceremony attended by more than 600 guests. The money raised from the sale of the pavers will support the Foundation's mission.
A few words from NJVVMF's donors:
photo: John C. Ricker, retired U.S. Army Officer who served two tours in Vietnam, in front of the Huey Plaza (credit: Catherine Ricker)
"I purchased a paver for my father to honor him and to support the important work of the Museum and Memorial. Our family is extremely proud of my father’s commitment to his country and the sacrifices he made during his two tours of the Vietnam War. Although he was honored by the Army with three Purple Hearts, seven Bronze Stars for Valor and the Soldier’s Medal, this paver is a dedication from those who love him and will be a place for his beloved granddaughter and future generations to visit and never forget “Poppy”. Catherine Ricker in honor of her father John C. Ricker, retired U.S. Army Officer who served two tours in Vietnam.
"Many of the old timers did not get the recognition they needed when they were alive. It will be great to see myself, my father and grandfather honored together at the Huey Plaza for our service and sacrifices. Our family can now visit and see us there together." Patrick Keating, Vietnam Veteran, in honor of his father P. Keating who served in WWII D-Day to Battle of the Bulge and his grandfather Jim Jones who served in WWI. "I take my students on trips in the spring to the Memorial. We love meeting with the veterans and always walk out learning something new. Our Veterans Club exposes the students to the experiences and sacrifices of the veterans. We are honored to donate a paver in their honor. " Michael Russell, served in the Army National Guard and 8th Grade Science Teacher, Bridgewater Raritan Middle School.
About New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifice, courage and valor of Vietnam Veterans and 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. To support the Foundation, visit www.njvvmf.org.