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Rotary Club of the Tonawandas donates $7,500 to Vietnam memorial

Rotary Club of the Tonawandas has donated $7,500 toward a planned memorial in the City of Tonawanda for Vietnam War veterans. It is one of the 99-year-old service organization’s last acts before it ceases operations June 30.

“It hurts knowing that the club has done such good work in the community for 99 years and that this is our last opportunity to serve our community in this capacity,” Bill Miles, the club’s president, said in a news release.

The donation will fund a flag pole, bench and brick at the memorial planned by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 77. The club also gave another contribution of $5,000 recently to the Salvation Army of the Tonawandas for the purchase of a new refrigerator and freezer for the food pantry.

Miles had asked Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis about recommendations for recipients of Rotary Club donations, and Davis suggested the memorial.

“The fact that the Rotary Club donated to this memorial speaks volumes about what their mission was for almost 100 years,” Davis said. “Many of our Vietnam Veterans were treated rudely upon returning from Vietnam. This donation will go a long way into bringing this project to fruition.”

Anyone interested in purchasing a brick for the memorial may visit VVA77.org for more info.