WASHINGTON, D.C. —The national non-profit organization Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) is pleased to present Salute To America—Washington, the fifth and final stop in the 2015 HHV Salute To America Concert Series. Salute To America—Washington will serve as the unofficial kickoff to veterans week activities scheduled for our nation’s capital, honoring America’s veterans and their families. The family-friendly concert will be held Sunday afternoon, November 8, 2015 at DAR Constitution Hall located at 18 Street NW & C St. in Washington, DC. Doors open at 1 p.m. with preconcert activities beginning at 2 p.m.
The Salute To America grand finale is presented in partnership with AMVETS. As one of America’s leading veterans service organizations with over 250,000 members, AMVETS (American Veterans) has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens. Membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, to include the National Guard and Reserves.
“We all have a responsibility to the servicemen and women who protect our freedoms,” AMVETS National Executive Director Stewart Hickey. “AMVETS is so very grateful to be part of highlighting and supporting veterans of all generations. We are delighted and proud to partner with Helping Hospitalized Veterans in honoring and celebrating Vietnam Veterans this Veteran’s Day weekend.”
Salute to America-Washington is presented in alliance with the Department of Defense 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. Soldier’s Wish, also a nonprofit organization whose mission is to grant the wishes of military servicemen and women, U.S. veterans and their families, is co-sponsor.
“The date and location of our final 2015 Salute To America concert is purposeful, poignant and appropriate,” said HHV’s Chairman of the Board, John (Jack) M. Meagher, Judge (retired) who is also a veteran of the Vietnam War. “Each outing is centered around our veterans and held in their honor. We are very proud to orchestrate this special event, to recognize and celebrate (in music) the achievements of those who have made this the ‘land of the free.’”
A community affair, Salute To America was originally organized to educate Americans about the sacrifices of America’s Vietnam War veterans. Award-winning television news anchor, Leon Harris, will participate as Master of Ceremonies. Harris’ work has earned him multiple honors, including various CableAce Awards for Best Newscaster and National Emmy coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Oklahoma City bombing and the 2000 presidential election. Salute To America—Washington will highlight a “must-see” performance by chart-topping, American pop and rock band, The Grass Roots; the iconic rock group Jefferson Starship is set to headline. The DC date marks Jefferson Starship’s fifth consecutive appearance in HHV’s Salute To America concert series.
In celebration of our nation’s veterans, the 2015 Salute To America concert series signifies HHV’s association with the Commemorative Partner Program and its mission to organize memorable events and activities that heighten awareness surrounding the contributions of our nation’s Vietnam veterans.
The 2015 HHV Salute To America concert series included shows in Charleston, W.V., Prescott, Ariz., and The Villages, Fla. Most recently, the Starship concert served as the official “welcome home party” for the Vietnam Veterans of America 2015 National Convention in Springfield, Ill., dedicated in its entirety to America’s Vietnam War veterans. Over the course of the 2015 series, nearly 10,000 veterans and their families have enjoyed this FREE event.
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For more information on the Vietnam War Commemoration, visit: www.vietnamwar50th.com.