The American Veterans Center sponsors several events a year, including: Wounded Warrior dinners, the Goodpaster Prize and Lecture, the National Memorial Day Parade, and their annual conference.
The Annual Veterans Conference and Honors
The American Veterans Center’s 17th Annual Conference will be held in Washington, DC from November 6-8, 2014. The conference is our nation’s premier gathering of heroes, where they share their experiences with an audience of hundreds of JROTC and ROTC students as well as West Point and Air Force Academy cadets and Naval Academy midshipmen. This year’s conference will again feature veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam all the way through to young heroes from today’s military. Registration is open to the public, and we hope that you will be able to join us for a weekend none who attend will soon forget.
National Memorial Day Parade
The parade began in 2005 after a period of nearly 70 years in which our nation’s capital was without a parade on Memorial Day. Parades on Memorial Day have been a tradition in cities and towns across America for well over a century. Sadly, many have been fading away in recent times, as the older generation of veterans age and are unable to organize them. For these reasons, we think it is important that this tradition continues in the nation’s capital, not only for the city, but to serve as a major event for the nation.
Andrew J. GoodPaster Prize and Lecture
Conference dates are tentative, please check back later for more details.
Acclaimed military historian and biographer, author of such works as “Decision in Normandy: The Unwritten Story of Montgomery and the Allied Campaign,”, “Patton: A Genius for War,”, “Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945,”, and “Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life, 1890-1945.” His lecture is titled “The Legacy of Dwight Eisenhower.”
Wounded Warrior Dinners
For the past several years, the American Veterans Center has sponsored a series of Friday evening steak dinners for wounded Soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The tradition began shortly after Operation Enduring Freedom commenced and wounded troops began to return home to Washington for rehabilitation.
Wounded Warrior Experience
To kick off the Annual Veterans Day Conference weekend, every year AVC brings together a group of service members who were injured in combat, but have returned home to build rewarding lives to tell their inspiring stories.
You can watch the Wounded Warrior Experience videos to hear their inspiring stories.