Each year on Memorial Day, thousands of veterans and their families congregate at The Wall to remember and to honor those who died while serving 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.
Date and Time: May 25, 2020 at 1 pm
Location: Vietnam Veterans Memorial – Washington, DC [map]
Keynote Address by Karl Marlantes, Vietnam veteran and Author
Women’s Memorial Address by Diane Carlson Evans, Founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and Author
Author and Vietnam War veteran
Karl Marlantes is the bestselling author of Matterhorn, What It Is Like to Go to War, and Deep River. Marlantes graduated from Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Marlantes left after one semester at Oxford to join active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer. He served during the Vietnam War with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines from October 1968 to October 1969, and was awarded the Navy Cross for action in Vietnam in which he led an assault on a hilltop bunker complex. He also served as an aerial observer while in Vietnam. Marlantes was also awarded a Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and 10 Air Medals.
Diane Carlson Evans
Diane Carlson Evans
Founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and Author
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 remedying the omission of recognition for 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 to build a Vietnam Women’s Memorial. The Memorial now stands as an everlasting tribute to the 265,000 women who served during the Vietnam War.
Ms. Evans is the author of Healing Wounds: A Vietnam War Combat Nurse’s 10-Year Fight to Win Women a Place of Honor in Washington, D.C.