The history of this memorial started out in May of 1986. V V N W Inc. Post 29, which at the time was a young post, was formed in the early part of 1984. In May of 1986, the "the Moving Wall" come to Pottsville, Pa. A lot of parents and relatives of the Soldiers that died in Vietnam from Schuylkill County were there. At this event, a couple of the Post members got together and promised the parents that they would build a Memorial for these Veterans.
The small group that tried raising monies by having car washes, selling chances and leaving donation containers in strategic spots around the County. It was a very slow moving process, by the end of 1995, they had collected approximately $13,000, over almost an eleven year period and the small Committee had at the approximate amount they needed to construct the Memorial of $75,000. They had 3 different sites to pick from to locate the memorial. They chose the one in Schuylkill Haven, because it was along a busy highway, also right at the entrance to a College Campus, and there was room for plenty of parking, as it was property leased to the Post for $1 by The United Church of Christ in Schuylkill Haven, Pa.
At the beginning of 1996, The Pottsville Republican & Herald heard of the project, and they said that they would help in the endeavor. They advertised heavily in the newspaper for donations. They also printed the pictures and biographies of each and every Veteran, from Schuylkill County that died in Vietnam. In approximately 3 months time, the Post had collected $120,000. That was enough to start and pay for the construction and also have enough in escrow to keep maintainance on the Memorial. The project was completed the day before Mother's Day, 1997, since the Post had promised the Gold Star Mothers that would do this for them.
History and images provided by John J. Buleza
Master Sgt at Arms / Secretary (V V N W Inc. Post 29) Schuylkill County, Pa.
also Trustee and Committee Member for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial