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Agent Orange Awareness Day

  • 10 Aug 2020

August 10, 1961 is the date thought to be the first day that the herbicide, known as Agent Orange, was sprayed in Vietnam. Operation Ranch Hand – involving the widespread use of the defoliant – began five months later.

The Vietnam War may be over, but the battle continues for many Vietnam veterans. Nearly three million service members served in Vietnam and most returned home. But since then, thousands of Vietnam veterans have fought illnesses related to Agent Orange exposure.  This deadly toxin has impacted the lives of thousands of veterans and their families but is largely unknown to most Americans. 

Join with us and YOU can help "bring light" to the suffering Agent Orange has spread since its first use on August 10th, 1961.  

On August 10, 2020, and with your support, we will light up the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in orange candlelight for our first-ever Agent Orange Awareness event.  We hope you’ll lend your voice and support by sponsoring a candle or buying our Agent Orange Awareness t-shirts TODAY! And while we can’t gather in large numbers on site right now, we hope you will join in our fight to bring more awareness to the continuing impact of the Vietnam War.

Ways you can participate:

  • Sponsor a candle and leave a personal message to honor a veteran who is still fighting or remember a veteran who has lost their battle with Agent Orange.
  • Order one of our first-ever Agent Orange Awareness shirts so you can raise awareness in your own community all year long (all orders must be placed by July 22nd).

I hope you’ll help us in raising awareness about Agent Orange on August 10th! Sponsor a candle or buy a t-shirt TODAY, we need your support to make our Agent Orange Awareness day a memorable event.


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