Attend in Person!
American Valor is the closing event of the American Veterans Center’s Annual Conference, taking place from October 24-26, 2019 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.
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The AVC’s Emmy-winning program shares the stories of America’s greatest heroes from World War II to the present day. Narrated by celebrities and noted Americans, these are the stories that inspire and unite us, reminding us of who we are at our very best.
Meet our country’s greatest heroes on a journey through our military’s history in AMERICAN VALOR: A Salute to Our Heroes.
Hosted by Rob Riggle
Actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director Rob Riggle has been a staple in comedic films and television for more than 15 years. Riggle is known for his memorable characters in comedy hits like “The Hangover” and “Step Brothers,” as well as his stints on “Saturday Night Live” and as a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Additional credits include “The Other Guys,” “21 Jump Street,” “22 Jump Street,” “Dumb and Dumber To” and, coming fall 2018, Universal’s “Night School” with Kevin Hart.
As he broke into comedy, Riggle was still on active duty with the United States Marine Corps, which he initially joined at the age of 19. Rising through the ranks, Riggle served in various countries including Albania, Kosovo, Liberia, and Afghanistan. Lieutenant Colonel Riggle retired from the Marine Corps Reserve, having served 23 years total (9 years active duty, 14 years in the reserves) and earned more than 22 medals and ribbons.
The Heroes of D-Day
Marking the 75th anniversary of the epic Invasion of Normandy. Joining will be surviving heroes of the battle, including soldiers and medics who stormed Omaha and Utah Beach, paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who jumped behind German lines, and Navy sailors who supported the landings in the largest armada in history.
The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion
The only military unit of African American women to deploy to Europe during the Second Word War, serving in England and France. 855 women served with the ‘Six-Triple-Eight’ – today, seven survive, with legislation pending for them to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. In a historic moment, all seven are scheduled to attend.
Lt Colonel James H. Harvey, III
Veteran of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, and winner of the first ‘Top Gun’-style competition in 1949. He would go on to become the first African American jet pilot to fly missions in the Korean War.
Air Force fighter pilot in Korea and NASA legend, serving as Chief Flight Director during the Gemini and Apollo programs. Known for his famed flat-top haircut and dapper vests, Kranz served as flight director at Mission Control for the Apollo 11 lunar landing 50 years ago, and led the effort from Houston to save the crew of Apollo 13 during its fateful aborted mission.
Colonel Cyril ‘Rick’ Rescorla (Posthumous)
A U.K. born paratrooper decorated for his service in Vietnam after immigrating to the U.S. On September 11, 2001, as head of security for Morgan Stanley, was responsible for saving 2,700 lives in leading the evacuation of employees from the World Trade Center and was killed in the buildings’ collapse. Rick Rescorla will be represented by veterans who served with him in Vietnam, and Morgan Stanley employees who witnessed his valor.
Sergeant Rob Jones
United States Marine Corps veteran of Iraq who lost his legs to an improvised explosion device. After recovering, would become a Paralympian medalist, bicycle across the U.S., and run 31 marathons in 31 days in 31 different cities.
A Final Tribute to the Legendary Doolittle Raiders
Among the most famous missions in history, the Doolittle Raid marked the first raid on Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Eighty men took part in the raid. Its last survivor – Doolittle’s co-pilot, Lt. Colonel Richard E. Cole – passed away in April, 2019, days before the 77th anniversary of the raid.
U.S. Navy SEAL veteran of more than 400 missions, including Operation Red Wings, the mission to save Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama, and the raid on Osama bin Laden