Representing POW-MIAs at Vietnam Memorial, Memorial Day 2014
Organized by: Neil Golden
EVENT DATE May 25, 2014
We are the Massachusetts Veterans Vigil Society, State Chapter of the Veterans Vigil Society, whose goal was to maintain POW-MIA awareness at the Vietnam Memorial, state by state, week by week 365 days a year.
The society was formed on Nov. 11, 1982 at the dedication of the Wall. Veterans were upset that there was no American flag flying, and no POW-MIA flag to recognize our almost 2500 POW-MIA still missing.
Ohio veterans returned on Nov. 24, 1982 and began the 24 hr vigil. Other states began to follow suit.
Massachusetts’ first trip was Memorial Day week 1983, and the vigil remained unbroken for almost two years.
Massachusetts is the only state keping the promise and has been since 1990 when West Virginia stopped coming.
2014 will be our thirty-first trip to the Wall in Washington D.C. over the Memorial Day Weekend. We still hold the line and honor our fallen. Since 1988 the grassy knoll rising East of the Memorial has been graced with our two beautiful flags. The stars and stripes flying free and our "Massachusetts Cares" POW-MIA flag, each measuring 15' x 25', and hung on piping which we crafted ourselves. The nametags of our Massachusetts POW-MIA comrades were hand-sewn onto the flag by Rosella Fitts, mother of Richard Fitts, whose remains were returned in 1990.
We were many once, but now we are few. We were younger once, but older now. We are asking for your help by seeking donations to defray the cost of going to Washington D.C. There is a permit charge to set upon the hill, as well as rental charges for the van that will transport the framework needed to display the flags.
We are also looking for those of you that would like to join us. In my opinion, there is no nicer place to be on Memorial Day. Please join us, Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8 A.M. to help set up the flags. We take them down after the Memorial Day ceremony at the Wall on Monday, May 26.