Celebrating its 25th anniversary the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located just west of Constitution Gardens in NW Washington DC launched its 2007 Veterans Day week long commemoration on Tuesday afternoon, 06 November, with a 1 pm - 8 pm Music and Poetry Tribute at The Wall.
Arriving at around 6 pm and while in the process of my Writings on the Wall ongoing project I enjoyed the folk rock sounds coming from the Music & Poetry stage at the East Knoll. When walking over to capture some shots of the performing band I thought "Damn it, this is why I should never leave my apartment without my video camera."
Had the temperature not been in the low fifties and, perhaps, forties, which caused my batteries to expire more quickly I certainly would have stayed longer to enjoy and capture Crossroads Northern Virginia. Who, apparently, were featured at the 25th Anniversary Groundbreaking Ceremony last March.
While the 6 November "Music & Poetry Tribute" launched the Vietnam Veterans Memorial 2007 Veterans Day Commemoration, The Reading of the Names, will take place from Wednesday, the 7th through Saturday, the 10th.
During the four-day event, over 58,000 names inscribed on The Wall will be read in order of casualty date.
On Sunday, 11 November, Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the keynote speaker at the 1 PM Veterans Day Ceremony. Country music singer and songwriter Darryl Worley will also perform.
The commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as well as the 2007 Veterans Day Observance will conclude with two events on Tuesday, 13 November, the actual anniversary of The Wall’s dedication. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund will be teaming up with NASA for a Salute to Vietnam Veterans on Tuesday morning, 13 November Later that evening, the Department of Interior will unveil its featured exhibit on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. For more information on these events, visit http://www.vvmf.org/.
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