BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) -- A local family's decades old crusade to fix their loved one's misspelled name on the Vietnam Memorial is now nearly over. The family of Roland Settimi had been hitting roadblocks trying to preserve his legacy. For almost 30 years, the western New York family has been working to correct a mistake on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
Tuesday afternoon, at the Western New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Buffalo's waterfront, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced that the U.S. Parks Service will make the correction. "Roland Settimi's proper name will be put on the Vietnam Memorial, in Washington, By Memorial Day. A great wrong will be corrected," Schumer remarked.
The Settimi family family traveled to the nation's capitol shortly after the memorial opened in 1982. They found the name Ronald Settimi engraved there, instead of Roland. They have been waiting for the mistake to be fixed ever since. "While Rolly's name has been wrong on the wall for almost 30 years...my family takes comfort in the events from this last week that have publicly honored him to make up for this mistake," Dana Papaj, Roland's sister, said.
On May 12, 1969, 20 year old Settimi, an army medic, rushed to the aid of a injured soldier after a trailer of captured enemy ammunition exploded. "Tragedy struck when a secondary explosion occurred...killing the young man who grew up in Niagara Falls...but, bravely faced danger for his country in Vietnam, thousands of miles away," Schumer added. Senator Schumer also presented the family with an American flag that flew above the the Capitol Building in Washington.