Mass Vigil 2015 Fundraiser
Organized by: Neil Golden
Memorial Day is fast approaching......
New Banners to honor the fallen soldiers from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars are finished......... see photos!
Please join us in Washington DC to honor all of these Veterans or add to our fundraising efforts here at crowdrise....
We are the Massachusetts Veterans Vigil Society, a volunteer group formed in 1982 after the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial. We are the last remaining chapter of the Veterans Vigil Society whose goal was to maintain POW-MIA awareness at the Vietnam Memorial, week by week, 365 days a year.
2015 will be our thirty-second 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 hand crafted by us. 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 few now. We were younger once, but now we are older. Thirty years ago when state chapters started falling by the wayside, we made a vow that Massachusetts would not. 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 the cost of renting a van to transport the pipes needed to display the flag.
We are also looking for those of you that would like to join us .Friday May 22nd 2015 at 8AM we could use help setting the flags and new banners up. We take them down after the Memorial Day ceremony at the Wall on Monday May 25th.
Magical things can happen at the Vietnam Memorial. Last year on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, right in front of our flag display between us and the wall, Gold Star Mothers of America, family members, friends and comrades read the seven-thousand-plus names of our KIA from the Iraq and Afghanistan war. It lasted from nine in the morning until six at night.
We not only got to watch and provide a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony, we got to participate and help by reading names. One of our members, Dan Kendall, spent quite a bit of time doing this, and was told by a gold star mother “I wish I could see the names, like you can on the Vietnam Memorial.”
Those words have been burning in Dan's soul ever since. If you know Dan Kendall you know what comes next.
The logistics are done. There will be three panels, ten feet by twenty feet each, made of nylon flag material, bearing the seven-thousand-plus names. As Vietnam Veterans, we feel it is our duty, from one generation of citizen soldiers to the next, to give these fallen the honor they deserve when we stand vigil this Memorial Day in our nation's capital.
The cost of adding these names to our display is six thousand dollars. Three members of the Vigil Society have stepped forward with the money to make it happen. We are trying to raise the funds to defray as much of these costs as possible, and every contribution helps.
We could also use a few more hands to help in Washington. Come on down, it should be a magical year.
Mass Vigil Society