January 31, 2015



Upcoming Events

February 07, 11:00am - 1:00pm Scholarship Tours of the Memorial

Tours every Saturday from February 7 through April 11
The Foundation awards two $2,500 scholarships to New Jersey High school seniors each year. Throughout scholarship application season (February 7 - April 11), free tours of the Memorial are offered each Saturday starting at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. No appointments or reservations are necessary. Tour groups meet in the Museum lobby and are lead by our Vietnam Veteran tour guides and last about an hour. Tours last approximately 1 hour. For more information and to download the application form CLICK HERE

February 07, 11:00am - 1:00pm Scholarship Tours of the Memorial

Tours every Saturday from February 7 through April 11
The Foundation awards two $2,500 scholarships to New Jersey High school seniors each year. Throughout scholarship application season (February 7 - April 11), free tours of the Memorial are offered each Saturday starting at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. No appointments or reservations are necessary. Tour groups meet in the Museum lobby and are lead by our Vietnam Veteran tour guides and last about an hour. Tours last approximately 1 hour. For more information and to download the application form CLICK HERE

April 25, 11:00am - 4:00pm 40th Anniversary of Operation Babylift

More details coming soon...

Full-day program including a 21-gun salute and flag ceremony (outdoors), Memorial Garden ceremony, Operation Babylift Presidio scene re-enactment, speakers, music, art and artifacts exhibit, book signing, reception and more

Guests include many people who participated in and had their lives changed by Opearation Babylift.

This is a not-to-be-missed Event with Vietnam Veteran and Civilian Babylift Participants and much more             

About the play Children of the April Rain

Introduced by veteran Los Angeles writer Janet Kinosian (Saturday Evening Post, Elle, The Los Angeles Times) to Garden City, New York resident Lana Mae Noone in 2006, William Bryant Doty, co-writer of the new play CHILDREN OF THE APRIL RAIN, came to understand the dramatic Vietnam experience of Noone, her late husband, Byron Michael Noone and, ultimately, the larger community of mostly civilian American women left to survive the approach of the Viet Cong, in Saigon after the U.S. military departed in 1975. Doty, with a background in television: producing ("Godunov: The World to Dance In," "Glenda Jackson's Princess and the Goblins"); as a publicist, editor-studio director and writer (the Anne Bancroft host segments for the commercial release of "I Claudius") and an archivist with The National Archives - had a clear eye for history and the epic moment.

Those in Saigon during the Fall, whom at Bill Doty's request, provided manuscripts, oral histories and memoirs, (and are now co-authors of the new play CHILDREN OF THE APRIL RAIN) include: Cherie Clark, founder of the orphanage Friends of Children of Vietnam (FCVN), Ross Meador a, then, 19 year-old hippie of the day who showed up and stayed for the War, Alyce Kathryn "Sally" Vinyard, a civilian government employee whose first bid into Saigon during the TET Offensive was because the alternative was Cuba and she didn't know anybody in Cuba; Sister Marie Therese Leblanc, a Nun who got 36 family members out on one passport by "marrying" man after man after man; Leann Thieman and Iowa housewife and FCVN volunteer who went to Saigon to escort back six children and wound up assisting with two hundred, Thanh Jeffery Gahr, then a Vietnamese pre-teen whom the military would not allow to leave so that they could keep him to fight, Sgt. Phillip L. Wise, a medic on the historic first C-5A out; and, at The Presidio in San Francisco, Col. Robert V. Kane, the Commander of a military outpost who, essentially, bypassed his superiors to allow the first pirated plane to land and then mobilized nearly every community in San Francisco to receive the first 57 orphans into America. In New York, and the metaphor for all of the adoptive families here, were Lana Mae Noone (of the South Bronx) who married Columbia Graduate Student, graduate, teacher and poet Byron Michael Noone and awaited the arrival of their infant child, Heather.

As perceived, the Memoirs from each of these people (all regarded by Doty as heroes) fell within an exact timeline, matched, complimented one another perfectly - and the result CHILDREN OF THE APRIL RAIN, a two act play with a one act version.

William Bryant Doty adds - "Not only is CHILDRFN OF THE APRIL RAIN an epic story at a time when the 40th Anniversary of the (late April, 2015) last flight out of Saigon approaches, but a true story at a time when we often crave heroic truth over the ether of fiction."