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Alexandria Veterans Organization Raises $15K for Plaques Honoring Local Soldiers Who Died in Vietnam

Dedication of the first takes place May 27; the second, June 14

Alexandria War Memorial (Photo via Google Maps)

ALEXANDRIA, VA-The Veterans Service Organization (VSO), based in Alexandria, began a fundraising campaign last December to buy and place more plaques at the Alexandria War Memorial. In just five months, the VSO has received $15,000, the target amount and enough to cover the cost of two plaques.

Located at Union Station (110 Callahan Dr.), the memorial was erected in 1940 and dedicated by the VFW with a plaque honoring the 27 Alexandrians who died serving in WWI.

This campaign covered the cost of two plaques meant to honor residents who gave their lives during the Vietnam War  The first will be dedicated on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at 9 am. An identical plaque will be placed on the wall of Gadsby’s Tavern on Flag Day (June 14).

This plaque will be dedicated on Memorial Day. (Photo: Jerry Krueger)

The names of the 68 soldiers have been confirmed by the Friends of Rocky Versace.

The majority of donations came from the following: VFW Post 609 and it’s Auxiliary, the American Legion Post 24, the Kenyon Anderson Chapter of Association of the US Navy (AUSN), the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 353, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 227, the Potomac-Liberty Chapter of the Association of the US Army (AUSA), the Nelly Custis Chapter of DAR, Cook for Vets, and the Cub Scouts of Pack 301-Alexandria.

Though the VSO led the effort to raise funds, the money was handled by the director of the Office of Historic Alexandria, Gretchen Bulova

In the future, the VSO’s goal is to secure donations for additional plaques honoring servicemembers who died in WWII and the Korean War.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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