The Lawrence G. Brown Memorial Chapter 896 recently co-sponsored a fundraiser for a Silver Rose Monument in Endicott, NY for veterans who were afflicted by exposure to Agent Orange.
The Silver Rose Monument is a part of The Order of the Silver Rose, a non-profit organization dedicated to Agent Orange awareness. Curiosity over The Order of the Silver Rose’s Silver Rose Monument has provoked many communities to ponder the effects of herbicides in ways in which they had not previously considered.
The organization was started to educate the public about harmful herbicides, to encourage regular lab screening for veterans, and to advocate for resources that veterans and families may access through the VA.
The Order of the Silver Rose was started by the daughter of a Vietnam veteran, Mary Elizabeth Marchand, because some Vietnam veterans whose cause of death was Agent Orange were ineligible for a Purple Heart.
The ongoing fundraiser supports the installation of the monument in Broome County. The late October event featured food, music, and raffle prizes.
Chapter 896 co-sponsored the event with the local post of the American Legion and New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.