On Saturday -- Veteran's Day -- the sounds of bagpipes playing Amazing Grace, a voice singing "The Star-Spangled Banner," and the laying of wreaths in front of the moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be heard and seen by American Troops and U.S. citizens around the world.
"Our Nation Honors The Courage, Sacrifice, And Devotion To Duty And Country Of Its Vietnam Veterans." ~Inscription on The Wall
The Annual Veterans Day Observance at The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will be shown live on the Internet, from 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST. People can participate online through the Web cast, accessible through the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Web site, where it will also be archived after the event.
More than 3,000 Vietnam veterans and supporters are expected to attend this year's ceremony to pay tribute to all who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War and America's other conflicts, including Afghanistan and Iraq. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the non-profit organization established in 1979 works to preserve the legacy of The Wall, to promote healing and to educate about the impact of the Vietnam War and is building the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Center, an underground educational facility, near The Wall.
During the ceremony, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne will pay tribute to his brother, Patrick Edward Wynne, who lost his life in Vietnam 40 years ago. Other featured speakers include: U.S. Surgeon General Kenneth P. Moritsugu, M.D., MPH; former NASA astronaut Captain Frederick Hauck, USN (Ret.); and CM2 Elizabeth Lopez, USNR. Vikki Keys, superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks, and Laureen Otto, secretary of the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation, also will provide remarks.
Jan Scruggs, Founder and President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, will serve as master of ceremonies. "We are pleased that so many distinguished Americans will be joining us to honor our nation's service members at The Wall," said Scruggs.