City of Alexandria to Hold 18th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

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City of Alexandria to Hold 18th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

For Immediate Release: November 4, 2019

The City of Alexandria and Friends of Rocky Versace will host the 18th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11, 1-2 p.m. at Mount Vernon Recreation Center (2701 Commonwealth Ave.).

The one-hour, indoor ceremony will honor the 68 Alexandrians who died during the Vietnam War and all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The ceremony will include the reading of the 68 names engraved in the Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans Memorial, recognition of Gold Star families in attendance, a tribute to Medal of Honor recipient Captain Humbert Roque “Rocky” Versace, the presentation of Vietnam Veteran lapel pins to Vietnam-period veterans, a wreath laying in honor of Captain Versace and the sounding of Taps. Musical performances include the U.S. Army’s Historical Trumpets and Flutes of The Old Guard’s Fife and Drum Corps, and the National Anthem and “God Bless America,” performed by the Alexandria Harmonizers.

Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located in front of the Mount Vernon Recreation Center and was dedicated with support from Friends of Rocky Versace. Captain Versace was an Alexandrian and POW/MIA posthumous Medal of Honor recipient, Ranger Hall of Fame inductee, Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment and Distinguished Member of The Old Guard Regiment.

For more information about the Veterans Day Ceremony, visit alexandriava.gov/Recreation.

For media inquiries, contact Andrea Blackford, Senior Communications Officer, at andrea.blackford@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.3959.

For reasonable accommodation, email elsie.akinbobola@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.5556 (Virginia Relay 711). 

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/112163.

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