WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Local Washington, DC students from Eastern High and Bishop Ireton will join veterans from modern wars, hearing firsthand personal experiences of combat and military life at the American Veteran Center's Tenth Annual Conference November 8-10 at the Renaissance Washington Hotel. The gathering of America's greatest heroes features three days of speaker panels, wreath laying ceremonies at the World War II, Korea, and Vietnam memorials and an awards banquet. The conference also features salutes to Medal of Honor recipients and service members wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Participating veterans range from America's last living veteran of WWI to serve in Europe, Frank Buckles, to decorated young heroes of today. Lt. Col. Les Broadway, Senior Army Instructor for Eastern High School said bringing students to the conference "is a rare and unique experience for DC JROTC students to hear from real soldiers what it means to serve our country." LTC Broadway has served as faculty advisor for University of Tampa chapters of the NAACP and Black Student Union and served as mentor, tutor and speaker for community groups, young adults, and secondary schools. He has been a member of the Hillsborough County Branch of the NAACP and the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs, and is a life member of the Civil Affairs Association. Lieutenant Colonel Michael A. Rauer, U.S. Army (Retired) will escort students from Bishop Ireton High School, Alexandria, Virginia to the conference. In 2005, Col. Rauer was honored with the Washington Post's "Agnes Meyer Award" (http://washpost.com/community/education/ota_2005_recipients/rauer.shtml ) presented to the Metro Washington D.C. areas' top "Outstanding Teachers", and has received many other teaching awards. He is a published author, European battlefield explorer and fluent in the military history of both WW I and WWII. "The history books provide only a small slice of perspective," said Rauer. "For students today, all they know about their predecessors who fought in the World Wars are old scrapbooks, yellowed newspaper clippings, and dull black & white photographs. The opportunity to meet aged veterans provides insight into their own family history, as well as the history of their nation." Full conference schedule at http://www.AmericanVeteransCenter.org. To schedule interviews or register to attend, contact Tim Holbert at 703-302-1012 ext. 220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE American Veterans Center