In early October Chapter 1 transferred the maintenance of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the City of Rutland, VT.
The chapter presented a $10,000 check to the city to provide perpetual care of the monument in the form of a trust fund. The agreement states that the memorial will be on city property, and that the city will be responsible for the upkeep and care of the site and monument.
Another aspect of the agreement is the formation of a new committee to carry out the maintenance of the memorial to be called the Rutland County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Joint Committee. The committee will operate using the funds from the trust, which was initiated by the chapter. The joint committee will be composed of veterans, members of the city’s Recreation Committee, and an official appointed by the city.
Prior to the transition of responsibility, the memorial grounds were maintained by Chapter 1, the City of Rutland’s Recreation and Parks Department, and the Rutland Garden Club.
When the monument was unveiled on Memorial Day 2000, there were 126 names of people from Rutland County who served in the Vietnam War. The chapter is continuing to receive names from family members to add to the memorial’s Honor Roll. Today, there are over 300 names. Among the names are 18 men who were KIA.
The memorial also features the silhouette of a soldier lying in marble. The horizontal centerpiece and the Honor Roll are undergoing a makeover and will be revealed and dedicated on Veterans Day.