No. 024-00  
     IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            June 5, 2000                           (301) 585-4000


CHURCH CHOIR CONTRIBUTES TO SERVICES MARKING 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE VIETNAM WAR


WASHINGTON, D.C.-(June 5, 2000) - One of the highlights of Vietnam Veterans of  America's recent 25th anniversary church service commemorating the end of the Vietnam War was the participation of the Rev. A. A. Parsons, Sr. and the Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church choir of Norfolk, Virginia.

The service, held on Saturday, April 29 at the National City Church in Washington, D.C., was a solemn tribute to those who served in America's longest and most controversial overseas war. The keynote speaker was U.S.

Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. Sen. Hagel was a squad leaders with the U.S. Army's 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam. "Rev. Parsons and the Metropolitan Church choir were very gracious to come up to Washington to participate in this event," said VVA's National President, George C. Duggins, who is a member of the Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church. "I speak for our entire organization in giving our thanks to them for contributing their special and very moving voices to the service."

VVA's point of contact for additional information is Mokie Porter at (301) 585-4000.

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