This post is taken, in most part, from a post made by our friend Marlyce Stockinger who says it far better that we ever could.
Veterans in Defense of Liberty are presenting a wonderful program where all of us in the United States can say THANK YOU to our Vietnam Veterans.
The goal is to collect the most names ever listed on a greeting card in history, with the total to be certified by the Guinness Book of World Records
Names and signatures will be obtained on a small Thank You Card which will be stored in Vietnam era duffel bags and archived in perpetuity. The card will be returned to Veterans in Defense of Liberty, and the names will be transferred to the official campaign Thank You Card, which will be large enough for the millions of signatures we seek.
Currently the campaign will invite signers to petition the US Congress for a full accounting of and total transparence of records for all American POW/MIA personnel. “For they Deserve to walk on American soil or be buried within it.”
The signature collection drive was officially announced in Washington, DC on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 during the Rolling Thunder Rally at the Vietnam Memorial with the official launch taking place at the Branson press conference and VIP reception October 17, 2012, and being reinforce throughout Branson’s Veterans Week.
The official presentation ceremony will occur on Memorial Day 2014, at the Vietnam Memorial Wall after the cards are escorted from Branson, MO by the Flame of Freedom and Missouri Rolling Thunder. The card will be resented by a civilian delegation (Connie Stevens, Honorary Chair) to a receiving delegation of Vietnam Veterans with our own Eddie Beesley as Veterans Chairman.
The many small greeting cards received during the campaign will be spread on the walk, (in the Duffel bags) at the Vietnam Memorial Wall, symbolically representing them to our fallen brothers. The signature cards will then be permanently housed in the official archives.
This act of national gratitude has been delayed far too long. Therefore, let us act with the energy and resources available, so that the greatest number of these heroes may live to see an enormous outpouring of respect, thanks and love directed to them from a grateful nation.
Chip has sponsored a “duffle bag” for the Day Room and there will be cards available for you to sign.