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Friday, November 5, 2010

"The Wall" on Veterans Day

Group: VVMF
Subject: Thousands to Gather at "The Wall" to Honor Our Nations' Veterans on Veterans Day!


The VVMF and the National Park Service will be co-hosting the annual Veterans Day Observance at The Wall on Thursday, Nov. 11, beginning at 1 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be Michael E. Heisley of the Heisley Family Foundation. Heisley's close friend, Rocky Versace, was a POW during the Vietnam War who was later killed in captivity. Versace received the Medal of Honor for his courage and inspirational spirit, and Heisley has been active in efforts to remember and honor his friend.

Other speakers at the Veterans Day ceremony will include:

-The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior;
-General Barry R. McCaffrey, USA (Ret.);
-Peter M. Holt, CEO, Holt Companies, and owner of the San Antonio Spurs;
-Air Vice Marshal Kim Osley, Embassy of Australia; and
-LTC Connie K. Schultz, USA (Ret.), Nurse Surveyor with The Joint Commission.

Jan Scruggs, founder and president of VVMF, will be the master of ceremonies. Also offering remarks will be Diane Carlson Evans for the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation.

Kera O'Bryon will be singing "America the Beautiful" and Chris Jackson will play "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes.

In addition, Nov. 14-18 is the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Ia Drang, the first major battle of the Vietnam War. To mark the occasion, Edward Times, a veteran of that battle, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

As always, the ceremony is free and open to the public. For more details, you can read the entire press release at our website.

Posted By Holly Rotondi

“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale

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