The Daily Iowan, the student newspaper of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, is the only paper in the United States to recognize and report an act of public spirited patriotism and philanthropy by the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club.
According to an article in the Iowan by Briana Byrd, the Eastern Iowa chapter of the Vietnam Vets have bought and are donating a memorial of their war to Johnson County. The Iowan points out that the motorcycle club had to do it because no one else would.
Iowa lost 853 sons in Vietnam. Forty-three Iowans were held by the North Vietnamese as prisoners of war. Three of those prisoners were repatriated. Forty of those prisoners never returned.
“We felt it was important for the people of Johnson County to remember there were a lot of people who served their country during the Vietnam War,” the Iowan quoted club President Mike Berry as saying. “We just don’t want people to forget.”
To Be Dedicated Next Spring
The black granite monument will be dedicated on Memorial Day, 2009. The monument depicts the previously free and communist Vietnam. The monument is inscribed, “Dedicated to the memory of the men and women of Johnson County who served their nation during the Vietnam War,” and “All gave some, and some gave all.”
The stone cost the chapter $5,000. This chapter of the Vietnam Vets previously donated $14,000 to the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.