Chapter 1048 held a Memorial Day Remembrance ceremony marking the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and to unveil the ‘Volusia County Vietnam Veterans Wall of Fallen Heroes’ in Daytona Beach, FL.
The guest speaker to over 200 attendees was Colonel Frank Farmer, a medical doctor, who delivered an impassioned speech about the Medical Corps of the Armed Forces.
The commemorative event featured music by singer Dan Giaimo, wreaths by Gold Star Mothers and the Daughters of the American Revolution, and proclamations by the government of Volusia County. Members of the chapter read the names of the 45 fallen heroes from Volusia County during the ceremony.
One of the attendees was manager of the Volusia Memorial Park, Joe Kochersperger, who has begun to work with chapter members to install a replica of the memorial in the veterans section of the cemetery.
To identify the 45 names of those who were inducted in the military from Volusia County during the Vietnam Era, the chapter turned to the Volusia County Veteran Service Officer, Jeff Baum. It is not believed there is another memorial in Volusia County listing all 45 names.
The design of the memorial resembles a panel from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. It has solid black acrylic with the names listed in white text.
The future home of the memorial will be the Daytona Beach Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic.