This Memorial Day Monday honor our veterans at ceremonies at the Philadelphia Vietnam Veteran Memorial.

This year’s ceremony will begin at 12:30 with Welcome remarks by the Memorial’s leaders followed by the Presentation of Colors by the 82nd Airborne Division Association Hajdack-Mokan Chapter, with Police, RVN Veterans and St. Joe’s ROTC Honor Guards.  The Invocation will be given by Sr. Chaplain Gary Holden, Board Chaplain, The Chapel of Four Chaplains and the National Anthem performed by Sgt.William F. Mead USMC (ret.)

Capt. Louis A. Cavaliere, USN (ret.) chairman of The Chapel of Four Chaplains at the Navy Yard, will be the keynote speaker.  The Chapel of Four Chaplains is a community partner with the PVVM Fund.  It celebrates and honors the legacy of the Four Army Chaplains who gave up their life jackets and went down to the sea on SS DORCHESTER in the North Atlantic on February 3, 1943.

The presentation of wreaths will be performed following his remarks.  The afternoon will conclude with the Philadelphia Police Department Firing Team, Taps, the Bendiction and retiring the Colors.  The complete schedule is below.

Located on Spruce between South Front Street and Columbus Blvd at Penn’s Landing, the Memorial is a granite amphitheater bearing the 648 names of Philadelphias lost in the war.  There is also a statue dedicated to Cpl Michael Crescenz, the only Philadelphian to receive the Medal of Honor in Vietnam, as well as a memorial to the joint sacrifice of the South Vietnamese and American military, the South Vietnamese Freedom and Heritage Monument.

This year the Memorial committee began a drive to add an addition monument to the Memorial to honor the over 1,600 still considered MIA, including ten from our city.   The campaign is at the halfway mark in fundraising, hoping to break ground by this September’s National Vietnam POW MIA Recognition Day.

Learn more about the POW MIA Monument and how you can donate at

Hear a Philadelphia Focus podcast about the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial as Terry Williamson, President of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, marketing and public relations consultant, author, ‘Rocks and Fists: The Decimation of The 141st NVA Regiment,’ and decorated Infantryman; Ralph Galati, a St. Joe’s graduate and former Director of Veteran’s Services, and former Air Force prisoner of the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ and Tom Roberts, another Air Force vet and member of the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Society, discussed it and their efforts to build the POW MIA Monument  HERE.

12:30 p.m. Monday, May 28, 2018
Terry A.Williamson
John Scott McAllister
Flag Detail
AOH Division 88 / Police Officer Danny Boyle
Presentation of Colors
82nd Airborne Division Association,
Hajdack-Mokan Chapter
Police Honor Guard
RVN Veterans Honor Guard
St. Joe’s ROTC Honor Guard
Sr. Chaplain Gary Holden
Board Chaplain, The Chapel of Four Chaplains
Star Spangled Banner
Sgt.William F. Mead USMC (ret.)
Keynote Address
Capt. Louis A. Cavaliere, USN (ret.)
Presentation of Wreaths
Dennis Best
Honor the Dead
VietnamVeterans of America
Liberty Bell Chapter 266
Police Department Firing Team
Police Det. John Halligan
Police Officer Ron Baker
God Bless America
Perri Mercer
Retire the Colors