Veterans Day Celebration Slated for National Archives
Vietnam veterans and their families will be honored during a weeklong Veterans Day celebration in Washington, D.C., hosted by the National Archives and the National Archives Foundation.
As part of the celebration, former Secretary of Defense, former U.S. Sen. and decorated Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel will speak at the National Archives in the McGowan Theater on Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. Visitors to the area will be encouraged to explore the Remembering Vietnam exhibition at the National Archives Museum before the exhibit closes in January.
As a partner of DoD’s Vietnam War Commemoration program, the National Archives will distribute pins to Vietnam veterans and their families. The program will also include a panel discussion about what veteran support looks like in America today.
“I’m honored to address the brave men and women who served in the Vietnam War on such an important day in the building that holds America’s history,” Hagel said in a National Archives Foundation news release. “These veterans deserve to have their story told and the National Archives is helping to do that.”
In addition to the Nov. 14 program, the National Archives Foundation is partnering with the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association to display four Vietnam-era helicopters on the front lawn of the National Archives Building from Nov. 9–16. This display will be open to the public and visitors will be permitted to explore inside the aircraft.
“As a Vietnam veteran myself, I am extremely proud of the way in which this exhibit tells the story of the Vietnam War,” Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero said in the release. “This celebration is an opportunity for the Archives to honor those who have served and to ensure that as many individuals as possible have the opportunity to learn from this important exhibit before it closes.”