Agent Orange Day - August 10th 2021
On behalf of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 126 in New York City, we hope you are safe, well, and looking forward to a great post-pandemic summer.
We are requesting your participation in an important remembrance event that we hope will heighten the awareness efforts regarding Agent Orange and other seriously deadly toxins used by our military and will save lives in the future.
On August 10th, from 6 pm to 8 pm, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 126 will sponsor the first-ever New York City Agent Orange Day event at the Vietnam Veterans Plaza in lower Manhattan.
This August 10th marks the 60th anniversary of the first use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War.
At this event, we will honor those who have died or are suffering from an Agent Orange-related illnesses with a candle lighting ceremony where an orange candle is lit and placed on the New York City Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monument by a loved one in their honor. For those that have died or are suffering from Burn Pit or other Ariborne Hazard illnesses we will provide a yellow candle.
Those who died in combat in the Vietnam War have their names engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC and are forever memorialized. However, almost five times that number, the 320,000 who died from Agent Orange illnesses after they came home from Vietnam do not have a monument with their names on it. Maybe someday that will change.
Your participation is simple and straightforward. Come to the event. We will provide you with a candle for you to light and place at the monument. If you choose, you may tell us a little about him and how much you love or miss him. If for any reason you can not come to the event in person, send us his name for inclusion into the program and VVA126 will light the candle to honor him for you.
The goal of the Agent Orange Day event is threefold.
First, we will honor and remember those who have died or are suffering from Agent Orange-related or Burn Pit-related illnesses with the candle lighting ceremony.
Next, to comfort, support, and assist, those who suffering or have lost a husband, father, grandfather, relative, or friend to the illnesses they developed from Agent Orange or Burn Pit exposure. We are here to help them find some peace from their grief and sorrow
The average person does not know what Agent Orange or Burn Pits and Airborne Hazard are. After the Vietnam War, it took our government years to recognize that there was a link between Agent Orange and its devastating health effects on our soldiers. And now with an increasing number of service members returning home from the Middle East citing illnesses, we can’t make that same tragic mistake again by failing to identify the devastating health effects associated with Burn Pits and other Airborne Hazards.
The public and our leaders must know that the Agent Orange and Burn Pit issues must be brought back to the public's attention, and more research must be done to combat these illnesses before they claim more veteran’s lives. We need to make sure that toxic chemicals and the use of burn pits will never be used by our military ever again.
We will have several Agent Orange and Burn Pit knowledgeable speakers.
Please respond as soon as possible. We need and look forward to your participation.
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