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VETERANS MEMORIAL REEF

WILMINGTON, NC

The Veterans Memorial Reef foundation recognizes those who have served honorably in the United States Armed Forces by memorializing their passing with a unique marine ecosystem.

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The Veterans Memorial Reef foundation recognizes those who have served honorably in the United States Armed Forces by memorializing their passing with a unique marine ecosystem.

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VMR-army
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Our Mission Goals

Veterans Memorial Reef is a 501(c) 3 publicly supported non-profit veteran operated organization. Our mission is to recognize those who have honorably served in the United States Armed Forces. This recognition will memorialize their passing through commemoration while also emphasizing education of both the US military (past, present or future) history and marine ecosystem. This technology will help to preserve, rehabilitate and protect our natural ocean reef ecosystems by integrating the artificial Memorial Marker to reef technologies.

Veterans Memorial Reef ID 84-1934928

Our History

A few years ago, while reading National Geographic, Thomas Marcinowski read an article about the underwater City of Atlantis memorial. The concept consisted of people scattering remains while scuba diving or placing memorial stones to form reefs in order to honor people who recently had passed away. Seizing upon this idea he decided this would be a wonderful way to honor recently deceased veterans. And thus, the idea for Veterans Memorial Reefs was born. Thomas collaborated with friends Joe Irrera and Alex Cupernall to make this idea a reality.

Recognize • Commemorate • Educate • Rehabilitate

OUR GOALS

MEMORIALIZING PROCESSING



DAY1. Memorializing.

After the reef section has been created the family members will gather at a location in close proximity to where the artificial reef will be located.

DAY2. Family time.

Allows for Veterans Memorial Reef to arrange for Military Honors the day of ceremony. This is time for families to enjoy the Wilmington sites.

DAY3. Ceremony.

The family is invited to view the reef structure and plan either a private ceremony or military honors can be arranged.

DAY4. Dedication.

The family boat will transit out to the reef site where it will meet up with the launch boat carrying the reef sections.


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Interested? Questions?

We are eager to answer any of your questions.

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Interested? Questions?

We are eager to answer any of your questions.

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Designated Reef Location

Currently VMR has a 160 Acre area known of the coast of Carolina Beach/Wrightsville Beach NC known as AR-372 and shown on below map. We have requested name change to VMR.   Specific links will be provided for each memorial. We’ll provide you with forms sent to us from Dept of Fisheries.

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