TTWENTY-FIVE years ago Friday, 10 Vietnam vets marched from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia carrying rubbings of the names of our local war dead from the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
On this landmark anniversary of that day, which was also the groundbreaking for the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, near Penn's Landing, a candlight vigil will be held at the memorial at 6:30 p.m. Friday. A rededication ceremony and a parade commemorating the 1987 trek are scheduled for Saturday morning.
The Daily News has long been a friend to the local memorial. We have assembled an online gallery with historical coverage of how the city came to honor our fallen warriors, along with a sobering roll call of the 646 who died, at philly.com/WarDead. The memorial is soliciting photographs of local soldiers who died in Vietnam, as well as donations to help protect the local monument from vandals, at www.pvvm.org.