STERLING, Va. – “No single individual, in my view, has had a greater positive impact in the past 35 years on remembrance and memorialization than Jan Scruggs and the Vietnam Memorial,” said Jim Price, President of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association Educational Foundation.
Scruggs, a returning Vietnam veteran, conceived the idea of building the national memorial honoring 58,286 Americans who lost their lives in Vietnam on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. He launched this effort with his own money and raised $8.4 million in two years.
For his efforts, Scruggs will be presented with the educational foundation's “Lasting Impact Award” at a special reception April 6, 2017, during the ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition in Nashville. The Lasting Impact Award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the profession in education and memorialization.