BVA Honors Veterans Day
On November 11, 2017, people from all across the United States came to Arlington National Cemetery to participate in Veterans Day ceremonies. Marking the 99th anniversary of the end of World War I, veterans, their families, and several dignitaries, gathered to honor those who have served our country.
All branches of service and eras were represented as the twenty-one gun salute sounded at the arrival of the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence.
The morning began early for BVA National president Joe Parker and his wife Maureen, as they attended the Veterans’ Day breakfast held this year at the Chamber of Commerce, prior to the ceremonies.
BVA Mid-Atlantic Regional Group Officers Doris Jones, and Michaun Harrison preparing to lay the BVA wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solder with BVA National President Joe Parker in the center.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month commemorating the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War, the Vice President laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The colors were carried into the amphitheater by a procession led by this year’s host organization, the Korean War Veterans. BVA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Group officers Doris Jones and Michaun Harrison participated in the Procession of Colors on behalf of BVA. Also in attendance was BVA Executive Director Al Avina, National Field Service Officer Claudia Belk, Communication staff member, Rushil Rahman, and Chelsey Dumond.
BVA National President Joe Parker was seated center stage as Chaplain Michael McCoy, Director of VA Chaplain Service led the opening prayer. The National President of the Korean War Veterans Association of the USA led the Pledge of Allegiance and welcomed all those in attendance.
Prior to introducing Vice President Pence, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David J. Shulkin, spoke about the recent accomplishments of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the work that is still to come to honor our veterans and meet their needs in the future. Vice President Mike Pence used his first Veterans Day address to call on all Americans to take the time to thank a veteran. He shared the story of a Medal of Honor winner who went above and beyond to save his fellow soldiers. In the midst of battle he provided cover fire so those with him could escape, and even though it meant he may sacrifice himself he called an air strike on his own position to make sure others could get out safely.
BVA Mid-Atlantic Regional Group Officers Doris Jones and Michaun Harrison along with BVA National President, Joe Parker, proceeding to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to lay the wreath.
The story of this Medal of Honor recipient is just one example of what our veterans have endured and it is their courage and self-sacrifice that we honor each Veterans Day. Following the ceremony, representatives from each of the member and associate member organizations of the Veterans Day National Committee laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. BVA National President Joe Parker flanked by Michaun Harrison on his right and Doris Jones on his left, laid a wreath, on behalf of BVA, in honor of our nations veterans.
Cover of the Veteran’s Day program featuring a photo of the Lincoln Memorial.
WWI Quick Facts
- Did you know that the iconic Uncle Sam poster was created for WWI recruitment?
- Disqualified from WWI service for poor eyesight, Harry Truman memorized the eye chart.