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Alexandria’s Vietnam Veteran Group ‘Friends of Rocky Versace’ Trying to Raise $5,348 in One Day

The Captain Rocky Versace Plaza at the Mount Vernon Rec Center is the site of an annual Memorial Day celebration, which the group is hopeful will take place again this year if the COVID19 lockdown is lifted. (Photo: Kelly MacConomy)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – It’s Alexandria’s largest day of giving, Spring2Action today, and the “Friends of Rocky Versace” (FoRV) group is hoping Alexandrians will remember the town’s 68 Vietnam War fallen heroes memorialized in a statue on Commonwealth Avenue in front of the Mount Vernon Recreation Center.

“Your tax-deductible donations in 2019 greatly assisted the FoRV to reimburse the city of Alexandria for $18,764 in needed repairs to the 17-year old Versace Memorial,” says Kevin Rue.


The fund-raising effort for 2020 runs through Wednesday, 15 April.  This year’s goal is to raise $5,438 to have on hand for preventive maintenance and to pay for future, critical repairs.

“The USMA Class of 1959 pledged $2,500 in a Dollar-for-Dollar match!” says Rue, so every dollar is doubled.

Secure online donations for $10 or more can be made here:

Should you prefer to donate by check, please mail to:

USMA 1959 Class Fund

13860 Crabtree Way

Gainesville, VA  20155-3107

MORE: Rocky Versace Memorial in its 20th Year

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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