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 Eastern National will be hosting this year's ceremony.  

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

COL Amelia Jane Carson, USA (Ret.)

Amelia Jane Carson served our country for 27 years in a variety of positions to include Head Nurse, Chief Nurse, Section Supervisor, Personnel Management Officer in the Office of the Army Surgeon General and Office of the Inspector General. She retired in 1989 as a Colonel.

COL Carson volunteered to go to Vietnam because " our soldiers were there so that is where I needed to be ".

In 1983, she joined the founder of the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project , Diane Carlson Evans, in the grassroots effort to place a memorial on the National Mall to honor the service and sacrifice of the military and civilian women who served throughout the world during the Vietnam War.

COL Carson was a member of the Board of Directors until 2003.
 

 

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 Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

 

ADDITIONAL CEREMONY SPEAKERS

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.

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.

 

Kimberly Mitchell

Kimberly Mitchell is the President and CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD). VVSD serves over 2000 veterans every year with supportive services, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, job training, case management and assistance into permanent housing. 

Kim served in the United States Navy for 17 years as a Surface Warfare Officer serving onboard surface ships and at shore commands. Her last 2 years on active duty were as the Deputy Director for the Office of Warrior and Family Support. In this capacity, she visited hundreds of communities and has assisted thousands of organizations and has created a nationwide network of support utilizing grassroots solutions to address the challenges of transition and reintegration for our service members, veterans and military families.

 

Kim speaks at conferences across the country, corporate conferences, and is a vocal advocate for our military service members, veterans, military families, and families of the fallen. She was the President of Dixon Center for 5 years and she was a Consultant to the Department of Defense for 3 years assigned to the Department of Defense 50 Year Vietnam War Commemoration Committee. She is currently a Board Member for the Infinite Hero Foundation, the Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation and a Member of the Board of Trustees for National University.