D.C. ) – John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America, will be a featured speaker at the annual Memorial Day Observance at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (“The Wall”) in Washington, D.C. The ceremonies begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 28. Thousands of veterans, family members, and friends are expected to attend the event in 2007, the 25th anniversary year of The Wall’s dedication.
“It’s a great honor and privilege to take part in this year’s Memorial Day ceremonies at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” Rowan said. “I attended the dedication ceremonies in November of 1982, an event I never will forget. All Americans owe a debt to Jan Scruggs and his colleagues at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation, who conceived of the idea for the Memorial and fought so hard to have it built. Vietnam Veterans of America is proudly helping commemorate the Memorial's 25th anniversary this year, including VVA's sponsorship of the official 25th Anniversary Vietnam Veterans Memorial Parade, which will be held in Washington on Saturday, November 10.”
Representatives of other veterans’ organizations will join Rowan, who served in the U.S. Air Force directing bombing missions in Vietnam, at the ceremonies, which will be hosted by Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey. The event is sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service, and pays tribute to members of the armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War and in America’s other conflicts. It is free and open to the public.