Thanks to the support of several generous sponsors, RAH is launching a new program to recognize the service and sacrifices of our Vietnam veterans called Honoring Vietnam Veterans Across America. The centerpiece of the program will be a cross-country trip to honor and thank Vietnam veterans, as well as apologize for the shameful way many of them were treated upon returning home.
Planned to start in Canby, Oregon, on October 29, the HVVAA team will travel the country over the course of 45 days, stopping in at least 28 communities to meet and listen to Vietnam veterans and their families, and share their simple message of hope and healing.
The government of New Zealand apologized to their Vietnam veterans for the way they were mistreated, and that was almost 15 years ago. It is well past time for our country to do the same.
The Honoring Vietnam Veterans Across America Tour would not be possible without the support of many generous sponsors, including La Quinta Inn & Suites, which will provide lodging for the team; and Weston Buick GMC in Gresham, which is loaning the Hummer that will transport the team cross-country.
The planned tour is the latest phase in a project that RAH founder Ken Buckles and his wife, Malinda, have been engaged in for several years. It was in 2019 that the Buckles first made it their mission to personally apologize to every Vietnam veteran they met for the way they were treated when they returned home. Later that year, on Veterans Day, dozens of local businesses and individuals joined the Buckles in wearing T-shirts bearing the Vietnam service ribbon and the message, “Dear Vietnam Veterans: I’m So Sorry for the Way You Were Treated When You Came Home!”
The tour will also include stops at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.; in Charleston, W.V., at the home of Cpl. Frank Buckles (Ken Buckles’ relative and the nation’s last World War I veteran); and in Flagstaff, Ariz., at the home of Gold Star father Percy Piestewa, whose daughter, Spc. Lori Piestewa, was the first Native American woman military service member killed in action.
Those interested in learning more about the tour and ways they can support and follow along with the journey can visit the Honoring Vietnam Veterans Across America Facebook page.
SPONSORSHIP/DONATIONS – I truly believe this cause will receive local and national attention, media, press, and pictures at every stop we make.
$1,500 – Logo or name on the hood of the Hummer and recognition on all R.A.H. Social media sites – We will be offering only ten spots for logo on the hood.
$1,000 – Pull -up Banner (your name or large size business logo to be displayed at every stop) and recognition on all R.A.H. Social media sites.
$500 – Pull -up Banner (your name or medium size business logo to be displayed at every stop) and recognition on all R.A.H. Social media sites.
$250 – Pull -up Banner (your name or small size business logo to be displayed at every stop) and recognition on all R.A.H. Social media sites
$100 – Recognition on all R.A.H. Social media sites
$5, $10, $25, or $50 are much needed and valued also.
Here is how you can make a donation to our non-profit organization Remembering America’s Heroes:
— Online at https://rahusa.us/donations/
— Or send a check to R.A.H. PO BOX 586, Canby, OR 97013
Executive Director & Founder
Remembering America’s Heroes
“OUR HEROES ARE VETERANS”
firstname.lastname@example.org • 503-758-4672
PO Box 586, Canby, OR 97013