A certified Business Continuity Professional, business consultant Richard Cantner possesses nearly 30 years of experience in industrial engineering and business operation. Richard Cantner also formerly served in the US Army and supports the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), which will host its 2017 Memorial Day at the Wall event in May.
Thousands of veterans and their families travel to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on Memorial Day to pay respects and honor the individuals who served in the US armed forces. Keynote speakers for the 2017 Memorial Day at the Wall include filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, who began collaborating on historic documentaries in the early 1990s. Their combined work includes more than 60 hours of programming and some of the most critically acclaimed historic films and series. The filmmakers’ 10-part documentary on the Vietnam War that is set to air on PBS in September 2017.
VVMF will host its Memorial Day at the Wall on May 29, 2017, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
Since 2011, Richard Cantner has worked as a Certified Business Consultant in the Florida Small Business Development Center in Fort Pierce, Florida. He is also a CBCP, (Certified Business Continuity Professional) and a CGBP, (Certified Global Business Professional). He has helped many companies get started and procure more than $3 million in loans for start-ups and existing businesses. A philanthropic individual, Richard Cantner supports numerous charitable organizations, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). Dick is a Veteran of 11 years in the US Army and did a Tour of Duty in South Viet Nam in 1969-70. He is a life time supporter of “The Wall That Heals” and has spent many hours at “The Wall”. His library contains many books and articles about the 58,403 Men and Women who gave their lives between 1962-1975.
Established in 1980, the VVMF is based in Arlington, Virginia, and is a nonprofit organization that began to support the national memorial dedicated to all those who served in the Vietnam War. The goal of the organization is to preserve the legacy of those who fought and the impact the Vietnam War had on the country. Due to its efforts, the memorial is one of the most visited memorials in the country and draws an annual 5.6 million visitors. The Wall, which was dedicated in 1982, celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2017.
In January 2017, VVWF received its 50,000th photo for the virtual Wall of Faces. Begun in 2009, this project puts a name on the service members whose names adorn the wall. With more than 58,000 lives cut short due to the war, the Wall of Faces preserves the legacies of those whose names are listed. The 50,000th photo was collected of Bobby Joe Quinn of Morristown, Tennessee, and the photo was submitted by the VVA Chapter 1036 in Florida.