The Woman’s Club of Essex County has become partners with the Department of Defense in honoring veterans of the Vietnam War. In Accordance With Public Law 110-181 SEC.598; the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and "in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War."
The Woman’s Club application was submitted by Ms. Patti Rowley on August 7, 2014 and was approved by the Department of Defense on the 14th. The Commemorative Partnership starter kit was presented to the WCEC membership by Ms. Rowley on September 9, 2014. It included the official United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration flag, the Program Objectives poster, the Proclamation, and the WCEC Partnership Seal. The Woman’s Club in partnership with other local civic and veteran organizations has agreed to conduct at least three services a year. The services include the National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day.
The Woman’s Club of Essex County is listed on their national website as a Commemorative Partner. As such, our events will be posted on their national website: http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/ . They will, also provide any supplies needed for the services. This includes stickers of the flag and/or seal, lapel pins for veterans, posters of the Proclamation and the Program Objectives. Please visit the website and become familiar with all that is being done to honor the veterans of the Vietnam War during this 50th Year Anniversary.
In remembrance and to honor those service members who have not yet returned home because they remain held as POWs or are still "missing in action" the Woman's Club of Essex County and local veteran's organizations will hold an observance at the Essex County Courthouse Green/ War Memorial on Friday, September 18th, at 10:30. Patricia Rowley, the daughter of a MIA pilot, will conduct the traditional missing man table ceremony which recognizes the absence of beloved family members whose status remains unresolved and preserves the memory of their sacrifice for our nation. The public is encouraged to attend. Local newspapers and radio stations will be advertising this special event. The WCEC will be laying a wreath, also.