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Vietnam Vets Mark Memorial Day

Vietnam Veterans To Address the Endless War on Terrorism at Memorial Day Event 11 a.m., Monday May 27th, just south of State St. and Wacker Drive in Chicago.

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Contact: Tom Gradel 733-561-1040

Vietnam Veterans To Address
the Endless War on Terrorism
at Memorial Day Event

Chicago area members of The Vietnam Veterans Against the War will speak out against "the endless war on terrorism" at their annual Memorial Day event in Chicago at:
11 a.m., Monday May 27th
just south of
State St. and Wacker Dr.
Chicago, Illinois
The Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Inc. (VVAW), a national organization founded in 1967, was a major force in the anti-war movement that helped bring about an end to United States' participation in the Vietnam war.
During the past 35 years, VVAW has fought for better treatment of Vietnam veterans, pushed for recognition of post traumatic stress syndrome, exposed the detrimental effects of agent orange, lobbied for increased veterans benefits, and helped build a school and hospital in Vietnam. VVAW has also helped educate high school and college students and the general public about the real impact of war, where it is fought, and on the military personnel who we ask to wage war on our behalf.
Speakers at the Chicago Memorial Day event will include:
Barry Romo, a VVAW national coordinator who lives in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Romo, a First Lieutenant and Platoon Leader, was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor for heroism under hostile fire in Vietnam.
Joe Miller, a former Naval Intelligence petty office during the Vietnam War, and now a VVAW coordinator and contact for Champaign-Urbana. Miller works for the University of Illinois.
John Poole, a U.S. Army Supply Seargent in Vietnam, recently returned to Vietnam to come to grips with the effects of the war. Poole lives on Chicago's north west side.
The VVAW has a city permit for the Memorial Day gathering whcih usually takes place at the Vietnam Veterans Memorian Fountain at Wabash and Wacker. The fountain has been temporiarly removed due to the Wacker Drive reconstruction project.



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