December 16, 2011 13:44 ET

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) 15th Annual Christmas Tree Ceremony at The Wall to Be Webcast Live December 19 on VVMF TV

Rolling Thunder Founder, Prominent D.C. Attorney and Veterans Campaign Executive Director to Speak During Live Webcast of the Event, Monday, December19, 2011 at 10 AM ET on VVMF TV (www.VVMF.TV )

CHANTILLY, VA--(Marketwire - Dec 16, 2011) - TV Worldwide, since 1999, a pioneering web-based global TV network, announced that VVMF-TV, (www.VVMF.TV ), the Internet TV Channel recently launched in cooperation with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), would webcast the 15th Annual Christmas Tree Ceremony at the Wall honoring veterans and active-duty military personnel at 10 AM ET on Monday, December 19, 2011. During the ceremony, representatives of the VVMF will place a Christmas tree at the apex of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Volunteers will decorate the tree with holiday greeting cards sent to the VVMF by Americans of all ages. The tree will also be adorned with cards and ornaments hand-made by schoolchildren from around the country.

VVMF President Jan Scruggs will serve as master of ceremonies for the event. The featured speakers will be Walt Sides, John Weber and Seth Lynn.

Walt Sides was one of the "founding fathers" of Rolling Thunder, an organization dedicated to prisoner of war and missing in action issues and the annual Memorial Day "Demonstration Run," which has become the world's largest single-day motorcycle event.

John Weber is a partner in Baker Hostetler's Washington, D.C., office and is the head of the firm's Intellectual Property, Technology and Media Group. He served in the U.S. Army infantry in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970 and was awarded the Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman's Badge.

Prior to founding the Veterans Campaign, Seth Lynn served as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Officer in the Marine Corps. While on active duty, Lynn deployed to Kuwait, Iraq, and Japan, and also participated in the Indonesian tsunami relief effort. As part of this year's ceremony, VVMF is proud to join in the cause of Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends over 100,000 care packages annually to service-members in hostile regions around the world. The packages are filled with food, hygiene products, and entertainment items. VVMF staff sorted nearly fifty packages filled with snacks and personal care products to be sent overseas to soldiers who will be away from their families this holiday season.

"The Wall is a sacred place, and one of so few where visitors are so directly exposed to the most noble American values of duty, honor, courage and sacrifice," says Jan Scruggs. "This ceremony, now in its 15th year, has become a cherished part of the holidays, and we are proud to join Operation Gratitude in showing appreciation to our service men and women who are making tremendous sacrifices in the name of freedom."

After the ceremony, the tree and many boxes of cards and ornaments will be left at The Wall, so that visitors can read the messages and add decorations when they visit throughout the holidays. Hand-made cards and ornaments have been contributed by these schools and Scout troops:

  • Pack #120 - Irvington, NY, Cub Scout Troop
  • Mrs. Whitehead's 4th Grade Class - Carlisle Elementary School, Boaz, AL
  • Rosewood Christian Elementary School, Castro Valley, CA
  • Loggers Run Middle School, Boca Raton, FL
  • Ms. Gahr's 7th and 8th Graders from Berryhill School, Charlotte, NC

About VVMF and the Education Center at the Wall

The Education Center at The Wall is a place on our National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. With a groundbreaking planned for November 2012, The Education Center at The Wall is a multi-million dollar, state-of- the-art visitor's center and learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and the Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact the Vietnam War had their friends and family members, their home towns, and the Nation. The Education Center will feature the faces and stories of the 58,272 men and women on "The Wall," honoring those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served. For more information, visit

Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War.

Support the Education Center at The Wall by visiting, calling 866-990-WALL, or by texting "WALL" to 2022.

About VVMF - TV

Launched on Veterans Day 2011, during a telethon webcast to raise money for the Education Center at The Wall, VVMV TV (www.VVMF.TV ) is the community-based Internet TV Channel of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund ( The channel features live and archived webcast content, videos and public service announcements to support VVMF events and the effort to build the Education Center at The Wall ( VVMF TV is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War.

About TV Worldwide

Founded in 1999, TV Worldwide ( developed the first Internet TV network of community-based Internet TV channels, primarily targeting niche professional communities ranging from the Maritime industry to the Digital Media sector. Known by many in the industry as "Intelligent Internet TV," Fortune 500 companies, 30 federal government agencies, and numerous International associations including the National Association of Broadcasters utilize TV Worldwide's live and archived state-of-the art video streaming content applications and Internet TV channels. In recognition of the company's unique achievements in new media, TV Worldwide was selected by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) to webcast the Daytime Emmy Awards and the Emmy awards for Technology and Engineering 2007 through 2009. CEO Dave Gardy has been honored by Streaming Media Magazine in 2008 as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Gardy also currently serves as the President of the International Webcasting Association (IWA) and as a member of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Corporate Council.

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