WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gold Star family members and veterans were joined by Dr. Jill Biden, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Members of Congress, and senior military leaders Wednesday for the ceremonial groundbreaking of The Education Center at The Wall. The Center will be a future national landmark dedicated to bringing to life the stories of more than 58,000 American service members lost in the Vietnam War. It will also feature photos and stories of the fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan, serving as a temporary memorial until today’s veterans receive their own national place of honor.
Dr. Michael McClung, Vietnam veteran and Gold Star Father to Major Megan McClung, the first female Marine KIA in Iraq, delivered remarks during the ceremony and said, “We have a legacy of service, and we only ask that you remember us.”
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is the driving force behind The Education Center at The Wall. The organization needs to raise an additional $38 million before construction can commence. The goal is to have The Center open as the final troops return home from Afghanistan in 2014. To learn more, visit www.buildthecenter.org.