Vietnam Veterans Memorial and renovated museum reopens in Holmdel

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Museum celebrated a grand reopening last week, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly renovated museum. The Vietnam-era museum is the only one of its kind in the nation.

“May 7 is a special day of celebration for us, as, on this day in 1995, we dedicated our memorial, in 1998, our museum, and, in 2014, our beloved Huey,” said Amy Osborn, executive director and CEO of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation. “And, today, we’re thrilled to announce the grand reopening of our newly renovated Vietnam-era museum.”

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The ceremony was attended by Vietnam veterans, board members and state and local dignitaries. State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Ocean Twp.) was honored at the event for his leadership in securing funding for the museum’s renovations.

“We’re grateful to Sen. Gopal for securing state funding for much-needed renovations,” said Maj. Gen. Clark Martin, chairman of the board of New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Museum. “This museum, and the historical content within its walls, are so critical to educating future generations about the Vietnam War and that time period. With these renovations, we’re able to educate our visitors using the latest technology and preserve important historical artifacts for decades to come.”

A special presentation by the American Legion Department of New Jersey State Commander Larry Bishop was delivered in the form of a check to fund a new club car to transport handicapped and physically challenged guests around the memorial.