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2016 Veterans Day Observance at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial


Nov 10, 2016


Annual Veterans Day Observance at The Wall

Each year on Veterans Day, thousands of veterans and their families congregate at The Wall to remember and to honor those who served 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.

Join us for Veterans Day at The Wall

Are you planning to attend the Veterans Day Ceremony? Please register by filling out the registration form for individuals. Please note that all seating is open UNLESS you are registering as a group. Groups of TEN or more, please register here.

Can’t join us for Veterans Day but want to be notified of other VVMF events? We invite you to join us in our mission to HONOR, PRESERVE and EDUCATE. Ceremonies at The Wall are only one way that we further our mission to pay tribute to our nation’s Vietnam Veterans and their families. Sign up here to learn more.

Please note that the deadline for reservations is November 1st. If you have questions, need to cancel a reservation or simply require assistance please contact rsvp@vvmf.org.

Date and Time: November 11, 2016 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Vietnam Veterans Memorial – Washington, DC [map]

Keynote Speaker: Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., (USMC-Ret.), Administrator NASA

Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., (USMC-Ret.) was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He began his duties as head of the agency on July 17, 2009. As Administrator, Bolden leads a nationwide NASA team to advance the missions and goals of the U.S. space program.

Bolden’s 34-year career with the Marine Corps also included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions and piloting two others.

Bolden graduated from C. A. Johnson High School in 1964 and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical science in 1968 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. After completing flight training in 1970, he became a Naval Aviator. Bolden flew more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, while stationed in Namphong, Thailand between 1972 – 1973. [Full Bio]

Master of Ceremonies: General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Ret.)

General Barry McCaffrey served in the United States Army for 32 years and retired as a four-star General. At retirement he was the most highly decorated serving General, having been awarded three Purple Heart medals for wounds received in his four combat tours – as well as twice awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award for valor. He also twice was awarded the Silver Star for valor.

[Full Bio]

RSVP to the Ceremony (Individuals)

To RSVP to the Ceremony, please click here.

The seating will be open seating UNLESS you are a group of 10 or more.

RSVP to the Ceremony (Group)

To RSVP a Group to the Ceremony, please click here.

*All Groups must be 10 or more.

Wreath Laying Request Registration

Wreaths should be delivered to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial kiosk by 10:00am on Friday, November 11. Presenters will need to arrive to the kiosk by 12:00pm. In the case of late arrivals or no-shows, VVMF reserves the right to reassign wreath slots to other guests.

To RSVP to lay a Wreath, please click here.


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