Posted October 26, 2012
Student Veterans at Idaho State University will honor Vietnam Veterans on Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. as part of the National Reading of the Names Project.
The students, in observance of Veterans Day, will read the names of the 217 Idaho service members killed during the Vietnam War. The ceremony will be held at the ISU Veterans Memorial at Cadet Field on the Pocatello campus, and is sponsored by the ISU Armed Forces Veterans’ Clubs.
"Nobody wants war, but nobody wants to be forgotten because of war," said Chris Stine, President of the Idaho Falls campus Armed Forces Veterans’ Club. "We want to ensure these veterans are not forgotten."
The local event is being done in coordination with the ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., where the 58,282 names of those killed in the Vietnam War will be read. This national project marks the 30th anniversary of The Wall.
The Pocatello ceremony will be recorded, as will others in each state, and the video sent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which will post the footage on the organization's website and social media pages.
Following the event, students and community members are invited to the Veterans Sanctuary for lunch and the Third Annual Military Trivia Bowl between the Idaho Falls and Pocatello campus Veterans Clubs.