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Contact: Lee A. Allen
VVMF PLANS ANNUAL VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE AT THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL
Ceremony at “The Wall” Begins at 1:00 PM on Friday, November 11, 2011
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) and the National Park Service expect thousands to gather at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the annual Veterans Day Observance at The Wall. The ceremony will begin at 1:00pm on Friday, November 11, 2011.
WHAT: Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the annual Veterans Day Observance at The Wall. Cameras welcome. Press risers and audio feed available.
WHO: Jan C. Scruggs, Founder and President, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Robert A. Vogel, Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service
Dr. Libby O’Connell, SVP of Corporate Outreach and Chief Historian, HISTORY
General Barry R. McCaffrey, USA (Ret.), President, BR McCaffrey Associates
Joseph L. Galloway, (Keynote), Correspondent and Journalist
Dr. Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, Vice President, Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation
WHEN: Friday, November 11, 2011, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitution Gardens, Washington, DC
Press Check-In: Adjacent to the press risers, front and center of Memorial
MORE: The keynote speaker will be Joseph L. Galloway – award-winning and nationally-respected correspondent and journalist covering foreign affairsfor nearly 50 years.
Galloway spent 22 years as a foreign affairs correspondent and Bureau Chief for United Press International before moving on to become Senior Editor of U.S. News and World Report magazine. He retired in 2006 as Senior Military Correspondent of Knight-Ridder Newspapers but continued to write his weekly syndicated column on military and national security affairs until 2010.
Mr. Galloway is the co-author of the best-selling book We Were Soldiers Once – and Young, with retired general Hal G. Moore, a story that was the basis for the critically-acclaimed film “We Were Soldiers,” starring Mel Gibson. He has also co-authored two other books: Triumph Without Victory: The History of the Persian Gulf War, and We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam.
On May 1, 1998, Galloway was decorated with the Bronze Star for Valor, for rescuing soldiers under fire in Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam, in November, 1965. His is the only Medal of Valor in Combat awarded to a civilian by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Additional remarks will be provided by Dr. Libby O’Connell, Senior Vice President of Corporate Outreach and Chief Historian for the HISTORY Channel. HISTORY is set to premiere Vietnam in HD on November 8th, 9th and 10th.
In conjunction with these events, VVMF and TV Worldwide will host a twelve-hour Telecast/Webcast featuring the Education Center at the Wall, featuring a live webcast of the Veterans Day ceremony available at 1:00pm. People around the world can participate online during the Veterans Day Telethon Webcast, accessible through www.vvmf.TV, www.USVets.tv and www.TVWorldwide.com, where it will also be archived after the event for a full year. In addition, the simulcast will be available to broadcast media outlets via satellite at the transponder coordinates, to be made public shortly.
About VVMF and The Education Center at The Wall
The Education Center at The Wall is a place on our National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. With a groundbreaking planned for November 2012, the Education Center at The Wall is a multi-million dollar, state-of- the-art visitor’s center and learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and the Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact the Vietnam War had their friends and family members, their home towns, and the Nation. The Education Center will feature the faces and stories of the 58,272 men and women on “The Wall,” honoring those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served. For more information, visit www.buildthecenter.org.
Support the Education Center at The Wall by visiting www.buildthecenter.org, calling 866-990-WALL, or by texting "WALL" to 2022.
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