September 13, 2010
The Virginia War Memorial is preparing to open a new $10 million education center. The Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center is scheduled to open Friday.
Paul Galanti is commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and a former naval aviator and prisoner of war. His A-4 Skyhawk was shot down after a bombing run in Vietnam in 1966.
While he was held captive, his wife chaired the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia, working to secure the release of 591 POWs.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Texas billionaire and U.S. Naval Academy graduate H. Ross Perot will be among the guests at a Friday evening gala honoring the couple.
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