VERMONT VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL

     This is the second important issue that we faced, even before we got our state council charter.  What had happen is the State of Vermont decided that our rest area needed to be closed for good.  But what many of them didn't know was that our Vietnam Memorial honoring those that were killed was placed at the Sharon Rest Area on Oct 30, 1982.

      We immediately contacted our state government and both the house and senate and told them they had made a mistake.  With the help of all our veterans groups here in Vermont and many many different states  that wrote to our Governor and told him that was wrong.  The house and senate then passed a new law keeping our Memorial and Rest Area open for good.

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OCT 30 ,1982

     What we believe to be the first state sanctioned Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the nation was dedicated at 10:30 AM on October 30, 1982 at the northbound rest area on interstate 89, the vietnam veterans memorial highway, in Sharon, Vermont. Since it dedication, an all night vigil has been held at the memorial on memorial day eve every year since.

       This site for the memorial was chosen for several reasons. Interstate 89 was named the vietnam veterans memorial highway because the summer scenery closely resembles that of highway one in the central highlands of vietnam. The site for the memorial was selected to be along the highway as a joint symbol of recognition of the highway's name and familiarity to highway one in vietnam. interstate 89 was the highway taken by draft evaders as the most direct route into Canada and so stands as the "road less traveled" by vietnam veterans. The location of the memorial is closest to the 138 mile marker from the Canadian border, symbolizing the 138 men whose names appear on the Vermont Granite.

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        VERMONT'S BILL ON LEAVING THE REST AREA OPEN

       Last year (2000)  our government decided that this rest area needed to become a Welcome Center with a Veterans theme and that our Memorial would become the center piece of this welcome center (3.2 Million dollars).  

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NEW PLANS FOR THE SHARON

NORTHBOUND REST AREA AND

VIET NAM VETERANS' MEMORIAL

     SHARON, VT - On Monday, October 16, 2000, Governor Howard Dean announced that the Sharon Northbound Rest Area, located on the Vermont Viet nam Veterans Memorial Highway I-89, has been scheduled to be rebuilt with new space for the State's Tours and Detours Program and to recognize the Viet Nam Veterans and their Memorial. Governor Dean noted, "I am pleased that we are able to offer a greater recognition to those Vermonters who served during the Viet Nam War. the many sacrifices that they made should not be forgotten. I trust that this Memorial will keep alive the memory of their sacrifices."

     Construction is slated to begin in July of 2001 and be completed before the 20th anniversary of the original Memorial Dedication, which will be held on October 30 2002. The Vermont Department of Buildings and Services looks forward to participating in the project and Commissioner Tom Tort assessed, " We are pleased to work with the Federal Highway Administration, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, and Vietnam Veterans of America to provide a suitable memorial for Veterans while providing state of the art traveler information.

     Because of this great working relationship between our state government and us veterans.  We have formed two committee's to work with the  state.  one being headed by Tim Beebe who is working with the department of tourism about the inside of the building Tim's email ttbeebe@aol.com UPDATE Tim has just taken on a new job that he is moving to RI to become the New England Vet's Ctr Director.  Tim will be in charge of 33 vet's ctr thru NE & NY & NJ.  We are very happy for Tim but will be his input on this project.  Robert Rummel has agreed to take over in Tim's place.  Bob is a founding member of Chapter 1 and was a speaker at the dedicaton on Oct 30, 1982.  Bob email is mobydick@sover.net

     The other new committee chair is Buster Holmberg Vice-President of the Vermont State Council who's job it is to get ready for the 20th anniversary rededication around Oct 30, 2002   Buster's email is trayberg@hotmail.com

     We are also having meetings around the state with veterans, asking for their thoughts as we go.   The first one is on Oct 17, 2001 at the Vermont Veterans Home Multi-Propose Room at 4:00 PM.   Tim Beebe, Buster Holmberg,and Dick Foster from Department of Tourism and Tim Smith the Architect for the whole Sharon area will be there. Need more information email jminer@vva.org  UPDATE we have finished all three meetings and now all of that imformation is being work on to see what we can use.

     We have been informed by the State of Vermont that the Sharon Rest Area redesign is on hold for this year as the Federal money that was earmarked for Vermont and this project has been cut this fiscal year.  We have been told that our site will be on the "PROITY" list for next year.  But we are planning on having the 20th anniversary doings on Oct 26, 2002 at 10:00 PM.  For more information contact Buster Holmberg at trayberg@hotmail.com .

     We would like to thank our brother's & sister's , family and friends who braved the weather and came to the 20th anniversary on Oct 26th, 2002 for some pictures of the day click here

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NOV 11, 2003 THE WAIT IS OVER. GOV JAMES DOUGLAS , PRESIDENT BUSTER HOLMBERG AND TREASURER JOHN MINER JOIN OTHER STATE OFFICALS IN THE GROUND BREAKING EVENT

 

                             BECAUSE OF THE TROUBLE WITH OUR WEBSITE WE LOST ALL OF OUR PICTURES THAT WE TOOK OF THE SHARON REST AREA SINCE LAST FALL.  BUT WITH THE HELP OF TIMOTHY D. SMITH & ASSOCIATE PC WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER TWO SLIDES SHOW THAT IF YOU CLICK HERE IT WILL TAKE YOU TO THE PICTURES WE DO HAVE

 

WE HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD WITH THE STATE OF VERMONT ON THE INSIDE AND THE OUTSIDE AREAS OF THIS VERY IMPORTANT WELCOME CENTER.  CHUCK SOLCUM vtcavlrrp@yahoo.com  HAS BEEN WORKING BOTH WITH THE STATE AND WITH NORWICH UNV ON THE INSIDE OF THE BUILDING AND HAS DONE A GREAT JOB.  ALSO WILLIAM ORR HAS BEEN WORKING ON THE OUTSIDE PROGRAM THAT WILL TAKE PLACE ON AUG 20TH 2005. 

             GET READY TO CELEBRATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VERMONT VIETNAM MEMORIAL ON OCT 27TH T-SHIRT BELOW CAN BE GOTTEN AT THIS TIME BY CONTACTING JOHN MINER MALIBU1@COMCAST.NET  THE PRICES ARE MED TO XL IS TWELVE (12.00) DOLLARS AND 2X'S & 3X'S ARE FIFTEEN (15.00) DOLLARS EACH.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE A T-SHIRT SHIPPED TO YOUR HOME, WE WILL DO IT FOR A ADDITION SHIPPING FEE OF 4.95.  SEND A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER MADE  OUT TO VERMONT STATE COUNCIL  FOR THE AMOUNT OF THE T-SHIRT LISTED ABOVE PLUS THE SHIPPING FEE TO VERMONT STATE COUNCIL 134 BEECH STREET, BENNINGTON, VERMONT 05201

ANY QUESTION EMAIL MALIBU1@COMCAST.NET

 

                       CLICK HERE FOR TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR AUG 20TH, 2005

 

         ALSO CLICK HERE TO READ JOINT RESOLUTION PASSED ON 20TH ANNV.

 

          CLICK HERE TO READ JOINT RESOLUTION ON THE "THE WALL" IN DC

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NEW SHARON REST AREA DESIGNS

 

LISTING OF THOSE VERMONT'S WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM

 

 

 

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