The Vietnam Forum with Ambassador of Vietnam Pham Quang Vinh and Ambassador Ted Osius

SOURCE: Center for Strategic & International Studies

The CSIS Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies is pleased to host a discussion with His Excellency Pham Quang Vinh, ambassador of Vietnam to the United States, and The Honorable Ted Osius, ambassador of the United States to Vietnam. They will discuss the twentieth anniversary of the normalization of U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relations, and the opportunities and challenges facing the bilateral relationship in the years ahead.
Ambassador Vinh was appointed by President Truong Tan Sang as the fifth ambassador of Vietnam to the United States in July 2014. Previously, he served as deputy minister of foreign affairs, overseeing Vietnam’s relations with South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific. Ambassador Vinh also served as Vietnam’s senior official to the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting from 2007 to 2014. His earlier postings include New York and Thailand.
Ambassador Osius was sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Vietnam in December 2014. He served previously as associate professor at the National War College from 2013 to 2014, and as a senior State Department visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies from 2012 to 2013. A career diplomat, Ambassador Osius served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 2009 to 2012. His earlier postings include India, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.



DPR to Host Multicultural Employment and Summer Camp Fair

SOURCE: Department of Parks and Recreation

Fair designed to reach out to limited English speaking and other underserved communities in Washington, DC

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will host the Multicultural Motion “Look at DPR” Fair. This Fair, located in the atrium of the Frank D. Reeves Center (14th and U Streets, NW), will highlight the following:

Summer Seasonal Employment Opportunities
Career Service Employment Opportunities
Summer Camp Offerings
Permit Services
Sports, Health and Fitness
Free Ethnic Food Tasting with over 15 Vendors
To create awareness on how to access DPR and celebrate the many cultures, near and far across the District, DPR has partnered with the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM), the Mayor’s constituency offices: Office on Latino Affairs (OLA), Office on African Affairs (OAA), Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA), Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Questioning Affairs (LGBTQ), DC Youth Advisory Council (DCYAC), and Language Access Offices. Other agencies/offices participating in the event include the Metropolitan Police Division (MPD), District Department of the Environment (DDOE), Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), DC Public Schools (DCPS), Office on Aging and the Office of Human Rights (OHR).
Each organization will have a presence at the fair. DDOE and MPD will also present job opportunities.

In addition, over twenty Community Organizations such as the Ethiopian Community Center, Carlos Rosario International Center, Chinatown Community Cultural Center, Cameroon American Counsel, Mary’s Center for Maternal Care, Asian American LEAD, Bell Multicultural High School, African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association, Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Many Languages – One Voice are among groups confirmed to attend.

Fair participants will navigate tables, booths and displays that will highlight DPR as well as partner and community organizations. The main stage will have various speakers to talk about DPR and the offerings available to District residents. There will also be lively music and other entertainment on stage. To top off the experience, there will be 15+ local ethnic restaurants that will provide a “Fresh Taste of DC.”

Twitter Hashtag: #MCHFair

About DPR

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.

The Openly LGBT U.S. Ambassadors: A Legacy of Global Equality

SOURCE: Ambassador Ted Osius

I’m having a busy day on Tuesday, March 24. In the evening, I’m participating in a discussion with “The Openly LGBT U.S. Ambassadors: A Legacy of Global Equality” that is being held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The conversation is being live-streamed by MSNBC at 7:00 to 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25. I hope you’ll choose to watch it! Let me know what you think.

Memorial Day Observance at The Wall to be held on May 25

SOURCE:The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

The 33rd annual Memorial Day Observance at The Wall, hosted jointly by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on May 25th. The ceremony is a special opportunity to pay tribute to America’s armed forces and to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam and in all conflicts. It is a day to reflect on the more than 58,000 names on The Wall and remember those service members whose lives were cut short.

This year we’ll welcome thousands of veterans and their family members from around the country to Washington, D.C. for this annual observance. Speakers will include representatives of VVMF, NPS, and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation.

The introduction will be given by Jan Scruggs, founder and president of VVMF, and the ceremony will include the traditional presentation of colors, singing of the national anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. Diane Carlson Evans, founder and president of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, will speak on their behalf.

A special focus for this year’s ceremony will be the Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients. As part of the ceremony, the United States Postal Service will dedicate the 2015 Medal of Honor: Vietnam Forever® stamps. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. It is generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.

There have been 258 Medals of Honor awarded for actions related to the Vietnam War. There are 159 recipients listed on The Wall. At this time, there are 54 living Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients.

On December 17, 1964, Army Special Forces Captain Roger Donlon became the first Medal of Honor hero of the Vietnam War. The most recent recipients in 2014 were Army Sergeant First Class Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Fourth Class Donald P. Sloat.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, wreaths from more than 20 organizations are placed at the base of the Memorial. The ceremony ends will the traditional playing of “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes followed by TAPS.

Ceremonies at The Wall are made possible by generous contributions from our supporters. For the latest information about the Memorial Day ceremony, and to RSVP for seating, please go here.

Veterans salute after laying wreaths at The Wall during VVMF’s Memorial Day Observance, 2014. Photo Credit/Jules Clifford.