Attend in Person!

The Honors is the closing event of the American Veterans Center’s 19th Annual Conference, taking place from November 3-5, 2016 in Washington, DC. It is an exclusive black-tie dinner event, featuring musical performances, special guests, and our greatest heroes from the last 75 years of military history.

To request a registration form call 703-302-1012 ext. 227 or e-mail the AVC.


Tune in to Watch

AVC’s Emmy-winning program is the first and only televised awards show honoring those who deserve it most – our service members from across the generations. The Honors: A Salute to American Heroes will be filmed Veterans Day weekend on Saturday, November 5, in Washington DC.

The Honors recognizes heroes of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, along with those who have served on the front lines in today’s military. This moving and powerful program is the only one of its kind, and poised to become a tradition for decades to come.

Watch last year’s show


2016 Honorees

The Defenders of Pearl Harbor
United States Navy

Several of the most distinguished surviving veterans of the defense of Pearl Harbor, representing all who served in the epic battle that plunged the U.S. into World War II 75 years ago.

Colonel Charles McGee
United States Army Air Forces

Acclaimed pilot from the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, formed 75 years ago in 1941. He would go on to fly an Air Force record 409 combat missions in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

James McEachin
United States Army

Recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart for valor in Korea, later award-winning author and television & film actor.

Judge Vincent Okamoto
United States Army

U.S. Army officer in Vietnam, becoming the most highly decorated Japanese American to survive the war receiving the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and three Purple Hearts. Born in a Japanese American internment camp during WWII, now a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.

Major Scott Smiley
United States Army

The first active duty blind officer in U.S. Army history after being wounded while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts
United States Army

Recipient of the Medal of Honor for valor in Afghanistan.

Lt. Colonel Richard E. Cole
United States Army Air Forces

Co-pilot of Jimmy Doolittle on the legendary Doolittle Raid of April 18, 1942. The last survivor of the 80 Doolittle Raiders.

Major Heather Penney
United States Air Force

Among the first female combat pilots in the Air Force, flew an incredible mission to intercept the hijacked Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.

Kenneth Fisher

Chairman & CEO of Fisher House Foundation and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Invictus Games 2016.

Watch The Honors Trailer