September 16, 2014

Upcoming Events

September 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm POW/MIA & Gold Star Mother Ceremony


Guest Speaker Lee Humiston, Director/Curator Maine Military Museum & Learning Center and Archivist, Nam-POW

Humiston, a United States Air Force Veteran and military history collector,  has formed personal relationships with many American POWs through his passion for military history and his position as the Archivist for Nam-POW. His collection is showcased at the Maine Military Museum and Learning Center in South Portland. 

The Vietnam Era Museum's latest exhibit, Return with Honor will open on September 19th in conjunction with the ceremony. 

Return with Honor traces the stories of American POWs from their deployment, capture and for some, their return home. This exhibition also honors those who remain Missing in Action. Return with Honor pays special tribute to POWs from New Jersey. On display are artifacts related to these New Jerseyans including the crutches that Springfield native Raymond A. Vohden used when he returned home after more than seven years as a POW.

On August 5, 1964 Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. was shot down over North Vietnam. He was the first American pilot held as a POW during the Vietnam War. During the course of the War, more than 600 American servicemen and civilians were captured and held in prison camps in and around Hanoi. POWs endured unbearable torture and isolation which brought out their strength, courage and resilience.

The experiences of American POWs, their families and those who fought for their freedom are narrated by the personal collection of veteran, Lee Humiston. These personal artifacts offer unique opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning behind the black POW/MIA flags flown across the country.

Humiston’s passion for military history translated in to a collection of POW/MIA artifacts that is among the largest in the world. This collection features personal artifacts given to Humiston by POWs including items they handmade while in captivity, clothing and personal letters.

In 2011, Humiston opened the Maine Military Museum and Learning Center to showcase his growing collection. He was also honored with the position of Archivist for Nam-POW, a national POW organization. Humiston’s unique collection has been incorporated into exhibitions at the National Museum of American History, the United States Air Force Academy and the Nixon Library. The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation is honored to display a portion of this powerful collection through December 2014.

September 19, 7:00pm - 10:00pm Somerset Patriots Fundraising Baseball Game

Come out to the ball game to support the Foundation. See flyer for contact information.

Tickets can be purchased throught he Patriots' box office HERE

September 21, 11:30am - 5:00pm Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Ride for Freedom

Registration: 8:00 AM (Warinanco Park, Roselle, NJ)

Departure: 11:30 AM

Arrive at the Memorial 12:30 PM

Visit HERE for more details

Download the Flyer HERE