Swords to Plowshares and the American Legion War Memorial Commission to Host Rededication of the San Francisco Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Culminating a two-year effort to relocate the San Francisco Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building, the memorial will be rededicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. Hosted by Swords to Plowshares, the American Legion War Memorial Commission and Country Joe McDonald, veterans, family members of the fallen service members, and members of the community are invited for an unveiling ceremony and reception at 4 pm on November 11, 2016.

San Francisco Vietnam Veterans Memorial (2012)

San Francisco Vietnam Veterans Memorial (2012)

“Relocating the memorial to the recently restored War Memorial Veterans Building is much more appropriate and respectful,” said Paul Cox, Chairman of the American Legion War Memorial Commission.

Culminating a two-year effort to relocate the San Francisco Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building, the memorial will be rededicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. Hosted by Swords to Plowshares, the American Legion War Memorial Commission and Country Joe McDonald, veterans, family members of the fallen service members, and members of the community are invited for an unveiling ceremony and reception at 4 pm on November 11, 2016.

SF Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rededication Ceremony & Reception
Friday, November 11, 2016

San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

Ceremony: 4 pm in the main lobby
Reception: 5 pm in room 210

The San Francisco Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a bronze plaque, was originally dedicated in 2001 and listed the 163 sons of San Francisco who were lost to the Vietnam War. The memorial is being recast to now include an additional five San Francisco natives whose names have since been added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

Since 2001 the memorial has been displayed in Justin Herman Plaza, but over the years has been vandalized and damaged from weather and other elements. Paul Cox, who chairs the American Legion War Memorial Commission and sits on Swords to Plowshares’ board of directors worked with Supervisor Farrell and the War Memorial Board of Trustees for the plaque to be relocated. Joe McDonald and Swords to Plowshares had the memorial recast to also include the names of five additional fallen service members.

“It has been clear for years that the old site for this important tribute to those 168 San Francisco men who were killed in the Vietnam War was not ideal,” said Paul Cox, Chairman of the American Legion War Memorial Commission. “Relocating the memorial to the recently restored War Memorial Veterans Building is much more appropriate and respectful.”

For more information, contact:
War Memorial Commission
415-861-4920
sfvietnamveteranmemorial(dot)gmail(dot)com

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