IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release

November 9, 2002

No. 02-26

(301) 585-4000
Contact:
Mokie Porter


“WE WERE SOLDIERS” GENERAL HAL MOORE
TO LEAD VETERANS DAY MARCH IN WASHINGTON

 


(Washington, D.C) – Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Harold G. Moore, the hero of the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley, will lead thousands of fellow Vietnam veterans in the March to Remember on Monday, November 11, in Washington, D.C. The March, sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), will kick off the 2002 Veterans Day activities in the Nation’s Capital. Moore, who was immortalized in the recent Mel Gibson film We Were Soldiers, will address the former troops before the March begins at 9:00 at 7th and Constitution Avenues. 

“We are honored that Hal Moore, a true Vietnam War hero, will lead the March,” said VVA National President Thomas H. Corey. “As General Moore will remind us on Monday, this March honors those who didn’t come home from the Vietnam War, those veterans who served, and the military personnel who continue to serve the nation. It will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.” 

More than 80 veterans units have signed up to march in the March. That includes a large contingent from Gen. Moore’s 1st Cavalry Division Association. Marchers will assemble at 8:00 a.m. at 7th Street, N.W., and Constitution Avenue, between Jefferson and Madison Drives, on the national Mall. The march will start from the 7th Street assembly point at 9:00 a.m. It will continue along Constitution Avenue for ten blocks; and disperse at 17th Street where marchers can move alongside the Reflecting Pool and arrive at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial well in advance of the 1:00 p.m. ceremonies.

Other Veterans Day events near The Wall include unit reunions, concerts, and receptions. VVA will sponsor information centers and a hospitality tent just off Constitution Avenue near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. For more information go to http://www.vva.org/veterans_day2002 

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