The Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) has selected the American-Vietnamese War Memorial Alliance for the Auburn Vietnam Memorial at Les Gove Park to receive $2,000 in funding.
Auburn’s joint effort at the park is one of nine veterans memorial projects in the state to be chosen for funding.
Community organizations, nonprofits, cities or other municipalities submitted applications detailing how they would use the funds to honor veterans or their families in their community.
Grant money is raised through the sale of Veterans Remembrance Emblems. The emblems include campaign ribbons or military awards, and are stickers that can be placed on Washington license plates.
Auburn’s Vietnamese-American War Memorial Alliance project began more than 11 years ago to honor the sacrifices of Americans and Vietnamese soldiers. The project’s vision grew from a local veteran’s effort to honor all the other allied forces and the thousands of Canadian volunteers who joined the U.S. military to support South Vietnam, making Auburn’s memorial unique.
The city of Auburn provided land for the memorial. The alliance raised the money and built the memorial, which was officially dedicated last year.
The VAAC is authorized to disperse funds for direct costs of contracting, contract administration and project administration related to: projects that pay tribute to living and deceased veterans; upkeep and operations of existing memorials and; land acquisition and construction of new memorials.
The VAAC is composed of 17 members and advises the governor and the director of the Department of Veterans Affairs on issues and programs concerning veterans.