2018 Veterans Day Observance at The Wall

Each year on Veterans Day, thousands of veterans and their families congregate at The Wall to remember and to honor those who served in the U.S. armed forces. On these special days, prominent Americans from all walks of life come to the Memorial to deliver thoughtful and patriotic speeches.  

This Veterans Day, in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam Women's Memorial, we are pleased to announce that the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation will be hosting this year's ceremony.  

RSVP for Veterans Day at The Wall

Are you planning to attend the Veterans Day Ceremony? Please register by filling out the registration form for individuals. Groups of TEN or more, please register here

If you have questions, need to cancel a reservation or simply require assistance please contact rsvp@vvmf.org.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Allen Kale`iolani Hoe

Allen Kale`iolani Hoe, a keiki `o ka`aina,[1] descends from the ancient warrior chiefs of Hawaii, blended with ancestors of New England, California, Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, China and Japan. He and wife Adele S. Cabos are the proud parents of sons, 1st Lt. Nainoa Kealiihokuhelelani Hoe, 3/21 Inf., 1/25 Infantry Division, who gave his “last full measure of devotion” on 22 January 2005 in Mosul, Iraq; and SSG Nakoa Kealiimakanihoolua Hoe, Scout Platoon. 100th Bn 442nd Infantry. OIF. 
 

His education includes, Hawaiian Mission Academy; University of Hawaii, Leeward Community College; Manoa, B.A. and the William S. Richardson School of Law, J.D., with numerous professional school certificates and awards.
 
 

He is a combat veteran having served in the U.S. Army; Vietnam, 1967/68; earning the Combat Medics Badge, Purple Heart Medal & Bronze Star Medal; He served with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, with the Recon Platoon, 2nd Battalion 1st Infantry Regiment; AMERICAL Division, 23rd Inf.

LEGAL/PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
 
A Hawaii attorney since 1977 he has served in Government as a Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City and County of Honolulu and as a District Court Judge, Hawaii. In his private law practice, he is General Counsel for the UA Plumbers and Fitters Union, Local 675, Hawaii. In his legal career he has focused on Civil & Commercial transactions involving Administrative Law & Government Regulatory Entitlements;  He has served as a: Hearings Officer, Hawaiian Homes Commission; an Arbitrator in Labor, Contract, Real Estate as well as Tort Cases, AAA, State of Hawaii, City & County of Honolulu involving numerous Public Sector disputes; a Mediator in Land Use, Native Hawaiian Access and Title issues; a First Circuit Probate Court Master, Lunalilo Trust; Lee vs. City & County of Honolulu; Special Master, Kamehameha Schools Trustee Compensation Committee; he also counseled the Honolulu Police Department, Honolulu Fire Department, Department of Civil Service and Human Resources.
 
Hoe is the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army; he served as a member the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans; he is the President of the 25th Infantry Division Memorial Foundation, and a Director on the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation Board of Directors; he has served on the Hawaii State Land Use Commission, Chairman; Hawaii State Ethics Commission, Chairman; Aloha Stadium Authority, Native Hawaiian Bar Association; Hawaii Federal Judicial Selection Committee, National Native American Veterans Memorial Committee of the Smithsonian Institution, to list just a select few.

 

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Diane Carlson Evans

Diane Carlson Evans is the Founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, dedicated in Washington DC near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day, 1993.

As a former Captain in the Army Nurse Corps who served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969, Diane Carlson Evans had a profoundly personal interest in the recognition of women veterans. Working in surgical and burn units, her first-hand knowledge of the casualties of the Vietnam war and the sacrifices of the women who volunteered to leave the comforts of home to support their fighting brothers in a foreign land, led her on a ten year mission – during which she had to convince government agencies, Congress, journalists and the public that building a Vietnam Women’s Memorial was a necessary part of the healing process for female war veterans. 

The Memorial an everlasting tribute to the 265,000 women who served during the Vietnam War.  

Ms. Evans was the first woman in American history to spearhead a campaign to place a national monument in the nation’s capital that recognized the contributions of military women to their country, as well as civilian women’s patriotic service.  

She lives today in Helena, Montana with her husband, a Veteran Era veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Corps.