This all started in 1968, when Jim Eddleman made a promise to himself in Vietnam:
Fast-forward to 2011, when Jim and his wife Charlene were involved with another veterans’ project. Jim spoke of his promise to the organizers, and they helped connect him with those who now make up our Board of Directors.
In 2016, plans began coming together, and in 2017, the growing Board of Directors began convening weekly.
After meeting with officials in Washington, D.C. and gaining the support of Robinson Construction, the planning began for the campus layout of Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial. Volunteers checked about 60,000 names three times to ensure the spellings were correct.
The MNVM Board was adamant that this would be an exact replication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, character by character. Over time, the project has gained significant support from more community members and national organizations across America.
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