WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 will be held at The Wall on Monday, May 26, at 1:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) will present the keynote remarks and pay tribute to the men and women who have fallen in service to their country.
Congressman Rogers was appointed Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee in 2011 and is a leader on national security policy. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at the University of Michigan, then served as an FBI special agent before being elected to the Michigan Senate in 1995. Mike has served Michigan's Eighth Congressional District in Congress since 2001.
VVMF is proud to welcome Jake Tapper, CNN anchor, Chief Washington correspondent and host of "The Lead with Jake Tapper" as the event's emcee. His most recent book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, debuted in the top 10 on The New York Times best-seller list.
Diane Carlson Evans, founder and president of the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation, will make remarks and introduce Ann Sherman Wolcott, Past President of Gold Star Mothers. Nashville recording artist Rockie Lynn will sing the national anthem and bagpiper Chris Jackson will play "Amazing Grace".
About VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall
Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War.
The Education Center at The Wall will be a place on our National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. With plans to begin construction in 2016, the Center is a technologically-innovative learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact that the Vietnam War and other wars had on their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation. The Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall, honoring those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served. The Center will also celebrate the legacy of service that links the heroes of America's past to those still serving today.
Learn more about the Education Center at The Wall by visiting www.VVMF.org or by calling 866-990-WALL.
Contact: Heidi Zimmerman
Phone: (202) 393-0090, ext. 118
SOURCE Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund