(e-R) Sarah Hagarty, NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Marion and Dennis Zilinski, Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund.
HOLMDEL, NJ — Representatives of the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund recently visited the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial to make a special donation of $5,000 toward the Annual Interdisciplinary Forum on the Vietnam Era.
The fund was created and founded in 2006 in order to honor local resident 1st Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II, United States Army, who was killed in action while deployed in Iraq on November 19, 2005.
Continued education of our youth is paramount to understanding the Vietnam War, said Dennis W. Zilinski, a Vietnam Veteran and the proud father of 1Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II.
Part of the mission of the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund is to bring awareness of the sacrifices made by our military servicemen/women, which include Veterans of the Vietnam War.
Following the check presentation, Sarah Hagarty of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial expressed her gratitude to the foundation for their support of the Memorials educational mission for teachers and their students.
About the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski Memorial Fund:
Lt. Dennis Zilinski II grew up in Middletown, NJ and graduated from Christian Brothers Academy, where he was a member of the swim team. He received his nomination to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 2004. He also completed Airborne School while a student at West Point.
After graduation from Ranger School, he was assigned to the 1/187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Rakkasan. He deployed with the 101st Airborne Division on September 17, 2005. Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II died in Iraq on November 19, 2005 as a result of a roadside bombing near Bayji, 155 miles north of Baghdad. Lt. Zilinskis medals include: Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Global War on Terror, Iraq Campaign Service Medal and the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal.
As an act of that love, Dennis family and friends founded The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund, whose mission is to continue to serve and assist returning men and women who were wounded in service to our nation and to provide support and to provide support that improves the welfare of members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. The fund also supports scholarships at CBA.