FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2013
Contact: Lee Allen
Phone: (202) 393-0090, ext. 109
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips Joins Gen. John Tilelli Jr. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for Annual Ceremony May 27 at 1:00 p.m.
Washington, D.C. –The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) and the National Park Service will host the annual Memorial Day ceremony to pay tribute to members of America’s armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam and in all conflicts. The event is free and open to the public.
VVMF is proud to welcome actor and producer Lou Diamond Phillips as the event’s emcee. Phillips can currently be seen on the hit A&E series “Longmire” and on Military Channel’s “An Officer and a Movie.” The son of a Navy officer, Phillips was born a Subic Bay U.S. Naval Station in the Philippines, and is a long-time supporter of veterans and our nation’s Armed Forces.
Gen. John Tilelli, USA (Ret.)will pay tribute to the men and women who have fallen in service to their country. Gen. Tilelli will present the keynote remarks during the annual Memorial Day Observance at The Wall on Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m.
Gen. Tilelli served as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Commanding General of the United States Army Forces Command, andCommander in Chief of the United Nations Command / Republic of Korea / U.S. Combined Forces / U.S. Forces Korea. Gen. Tilelli served two combat tours in Vietnam, commanded the 1st Cavalry Division during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and served four times in Germany. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Cypress International, Inc.
He will be introduced by Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, USA (Ret.) Col. Wilkerson served as the former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Before serving at the State Department, Col. Wilkerson served 31 years in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Vietnam.
United States Institute of Peace President Jim Marshall will also give remarks at the ceremony. Marshall volunteered for infantry combat in the Vietnam War, where he served as an Airborne Ranger reconnaissance platoon sergeant. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger hall of Fame and served four terms in Congress, from 2003 to 2011.
Marshall will be introduced by Alan Buckelew, President and CEO of Princess Cruises. Buckelew served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from June 1969 until June 1970.
Diane Carlson Evans, founder and president of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, will introduce Maj. Gen. Janet L. Cobb, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4. Nashville recording artist Rockie Lynn will sing the national anthem and bagpiper Chris Jackson will play “Amazing Grace.”
Additionally, the names of four servicemen that were added to The Wall in early May will be read aloud for the first time by their family members on Memorial Day. They include:
SPC Raymond Clark Thompson Sr.,USA, West Palm Beach, Fla.
ABE3 Clark David Franklin, USN, Carlsbad, N.M.
PFC Lester J. Veazey,USMC, Enid, Okla.
SGT Dennis R. Siverling,USMC, Ladysmith, Wis.
The addition of these names will bring the total number of names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to 58,286.