Exchange to honor Vietnam veterans with virtual Wall of Gratitude and Remembrance 


As Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day draw near, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service will honor Vietnam War veterans by giving shoppers a chance to share memories and stories of sacrifice with a virtual Wall of Gratitude and Remembrance.

“The Wall of Gratitude and Remembrance will give Exchange shoppers a special opportunity to express sincere thanks to Vietnam veterans for their valor or to share their own stories of service,” said Exchange Chief of Staff Col. Tom Ockenfels. “The virtual wall will have a worldwide reach, uniting veterans and their loved ones through messages of peace and respect.”

From May 16 through May 30, Exchange shoppers are invited to share memories of their service in Vietnam or recognize the sacrifices of friends and families through the Exchange’s Facebook page at or Twitter at The Exchange will kick off the conversation on May 16 and again on May 26. Current and former military members and their families and friends can add their stories and remembrances to create the virtual wall.

The Wall of Gratitude and Remembrance is part of the Exchange’s participation in the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program, designed for federal, state and local agencies to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families.

Additional information and instructions can be found at the Exchange’s Patriot Family Connection site at