West Virginia State Council’s “Mobile Wall” To Serve As On-site Memorial For All West Virginia Vietnam Veterans
Winchester, Calif. – The national non-profit organization Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) will launch its official 2014-2015 Veterans Concert Series in Charleston, WV on Saturday evening, November 22, 2014. Salute To America—Charleston is first in the series of the upcoming season, to be held at The Clay Center (located at 1 Clay Square in Charleston) beginning at 7:30PM.
The music and entertainment event is presented in cooperation with Soldier’s Wish, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to grant the wishes of military servicemen and women, U.S. veterans and their families. The 2014-15 HHV concert series pays special tribute to veterans of the Vietnam War, with specific recognition of Vietnam veterans from West Virginia at the November 22 Charleston event.
“Charleston is the most appropriate host city for the Vietnam veteran tribute,” said HHV’s Chairman of the Board, Judge Jack M. Meagher. “Sadly, the state of West Virginia suffered great loss because of that war. Most may be unaware that the number of fallen brothers and sisters in the Vietnam War is higher in West Virginia than in any other state. We wanted to generate public awareness surrounding this important historical chapter and create an event that honors Vietnam veterans and their families.” [Judge Meagher, who is an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, noted that there were 732 deaths recorded with nine Medal of Honor recipients from the state of West Virginia.]
West Virginia State Council’s “Mobile Wall” will be located on-site to serve as a memorial for all West Virginia Vietnam veterans. This wall will include solely the names of West Virginians who were killed in action, held as prisoners of war, or listed as missing in action. The November 22 date also has a significant meaning, marking the 52nd anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and subsequent escalation of the War in Vietnam.
The family-friendly concert was organized to educate others surrounding the sacrifices of America’s Vietnam War veterans. It will also serve to inform the public about HHV’s mission to provide veterans and active duty military servicemen and women with therapeutic arts and crafts kits. To date, HHV has donated more than 29 million arts and crafts kits to veterans. The organization’s community based arts and crafts centers will have a presence throughout the 2014-2015 Salute To America Series offering free therapeutic arts and crafts kits to eligible veterans in attendance.
To expand outreach and share this therapeutic activity, HHV will distribute sign-up sheets at the Charleston event. Every veteran in attendance who is receiving healthcare for any reason, can sign-up for HHV’s free arts and crafts activities. The kits will be sent directly to his/her home through HHV’s patient home rehabilitation program.
Gates open at the Salute to America—Charleston at 6PM with a pre-concert beginning at 7:30PM. The main event kicks-off at 8PM; American rock band Jefferson Starship will headline.
Making their mark during the psychedelic rock movement in the mid-70s, Jefferson Starship is a steady touring force. The set list includes a string of the band’s hits, chart toppers and fan favorites from its founding forefathers Jefferson Airplane: “Somebody To Love,” “White Rabbit,” “Summer of Love,” “Miracles,” “Volunteers” and more. The
multi-talented group celebrates its four-decade anniversary with the 40 Years In Space worldwide tour marking “light years” of stellar rock n’ roll!
“There is nothing more important to us and our national character than the support of our men and women in uniform, both past and present,” said the members of Jefferson Starship in mutual sentiment. “Their service and sacrifice cannot be overstated; they are our true heroes!”
Community support has been further heightened with the assistance of local Charleston elementary school students who will create personalized “Thank You” cards to demonstrate their love, admiration and appreciation for those who have served and the families who lost a loved one in combat. The cards will be presented throughout the course of the evening on Saturday, November 22. Radio stations WMXE-FM/WWQB-FM (MIX 100.9/WMXE-FM–The Charleston Home of WVU Mountaineer Sports and MIX 102.3/WWQB-FM–The Huntington Home of WVU Mountaineer Sports) are the official media partners. Entourage Limos, LLC will provide special guest and VIP transportation.
Admission to Salute to America—Charleston is FREE; however, tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the Clay Center box office and website (www.theclaycenter.org) beginning Saturday, November 1, 2014. (NOTE: Tickets are limited; due to the immense demand, ticket distribution is first-come, first-served.) For more information, visit: http://hhv.org/hhv-sponsorships/veterans-concert-series.
The Veterans Concert Series celebrated success at its previous events held throughout the year in Nashville, TN, Prescott, AZ, Belton, TX, Grand Junction, CO and Chicago, IL.
For more information about Help Hospitalized Veterans’ therapeutic arts and crafts program, visit: http://hhv.org. Help Hospitalized Veterans is a proud Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War Commemoration; to learn more about the Commemoration, visit www.vietnamwar50th.com.
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Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) was founded in 1971 with the primary mission to provide veteran patients (receiving care at federal, state and commercial medical or nursing home care facilities) with therapeutic arts and crafts kits. Since its inception, HHV has donated more than 29 million arts and crafts kits to veterans and active duty servicemen and women receiving health care. The kits are rehabilitative and designed to restore coordination and impaired motor skills, improve attention spans and concentration, and relax frayed nerves. They are also used as diversion therapy and entertainment outlet for patients facing extended hospitalization. Arts and crafts kits along with other therapeutic products and services provided by HHV come as a welcomed assurance to veteran patients that they have not been forgotten. Help Hospitalized Veterans is a proud Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War Commemoration.
Salute To America Concerts (part of HHV’s Veterans Concert Series) are held in numerous cities throughout the United States to honor veterans and their families, increase awareness of the needs of veterans, encourage volunteerism to benefit veterans and provide the public with an additional opportunity to express their appreciation. HHV’s Veterans Concert Series programs/events provide veterans and their families an opportunity to reconnect, bond, relax and enjoy family time. The concerts are always free, as the organizers believe “the price has already been paid by our veterans’ sacrifices.” The organization also offers an exciting new way to engage the community and to attract a “new generation” of volunteers.
Like-minded citizens created Soldier’s Wish in an effort to create an event to raise funds to help honor and support veterans and active-duty military. Since its inception, Soldier’s Wish has devoted time to identifying unmet needs of veterans and providing resources and support directly to veterans and/or their families in order for them to lead normal and productive lives. Soldier’s Wish continues to educate the public about the needs of veteran’s and active duty communities, as well as encourages the public to donate funds or volunteer their time to aid in veteran support.