The American Veterans Center Celebrates Military Appreciation Month (May)

Jim Roberts, President of the American Veterans Center has announced the AVC’s calendar of activities for May, which has been designated as “National Military Appreciation Month.”

Tuesday, May 8 – 73rd anniversary of V-E Day. published an op-ed by AVC President Jim Roberts titled, “A Hero of D-Day Made V-E Day Possible.” The article tells the story of Army Second Lieutenant Leonard Lomell and his heroic acts of valor on D-Day and throughout the European theater of the Second World War.

Tuesday, May 15 – A Congressional Reception. The American Veterans Center, along with a Congressional Host Committee, will host a Reception on Capitol Hill honoring the 75th year anniversary of the combat entrance into World War II by the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. The reception will also commemorate the 14th anniversary of the National Memorial Day Parade.

Sunday, May 27th – Patriotic Choral Festival, concert hall of the Kennedy Center. The festival, which is open to the public, is co-sponsored by the American Veterans Center and Music Celebrations International. Performing are the US Air Force Orchestra and a massed choir of 300 voices, drawn from choirs all across America.

Monday, May 28th, the National Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the AVC, which steps off at 2 p.m. at 7th and Constitution Ave N.W. in Washington DC. The two-hour parade which is preceded by a one-hour program of music and remarks by parade officials, features appearances by actors Gary Sinise, Dean Cain, and Joe Mantegna, Miss America, Cara Mund, Trace Adkins, and celebrity chef Robert Irvine.

Heroes Profiles – Each week throughout the month, the AVC will feature profiles of heroes that have been collected as part of the oral history program. They will be available on our website home page ( and the AVC’s YouTube channel