Industry News

ICCFA Educational Foundation to Honor Jan C. Scruggs with Lasting Impact Award

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.

This emotionally moving and inspiring Vietnam Memorial has had such a significant impact on how Americans began to grieve more “openly.” Prior to erecting the memorial, there were no roadside memorials. Both the memorial, visited by 5.6 million people annually, and the story of how it came to be are remarkable testaments to the Americans who served and to those who died in this unpopular war, and to the fact that in America, one individual’s dream, no matter how difficult, can still come true.

In addition to providing the country with such a powerful memorial, Scruggs continued as president and CEO of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund until his recent retirement, and raised more than $28 million over the past 35 years. The funds are going to be used to build a Vietnam Educational Center on the Washington, D.C. Mall (underground next to the memorial).

Since his retirement, Scruggs has been concentrating his efforts as a member of the board of advisers of another important group. The group's mission is to assist in coordinating efforts to build the Global War on Terror Memorial on the National Mall. He has served three presidents since 1991 and is a member of the Selective Services National Appeals Board, currently serving as chairman. He is also the author of “To Heal A Nation.”

The ICCFA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-free entity that the sole purpose of which is to provide financial assistance in order to fund students to attend the ICCFA “University” and the ICCFA Wide World of Sales Conference. Thirty-three scholarships were awarded in 2016. For additional information, visit

The 2017 ICCFA Annual Convention & Expo will feature four keynote speakers as well as breakout sessions that focus on issues such as management, operations sales and more. Full program details and registration are available at

Posted Jan. 12, 2017


Carriage Services Acquires Funeral ...
Passages International, Inc. Update...
CFSA Elects 2017-18 Officers and Di...
More industry news