Attend In Person!
The American Veterans Center is pleased to announce the return of American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes LIVE, in-person, Saturday, November 5 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Join us for an unforgettable evening as we honor heroes from World War II through the present day.
For questions regarding American Valor, please call 703-302-1012 ext. 227 or e-mail the AVC.
Tune in to Watch American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes
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.
American Valor – 2022 Heroes to Include:
The Heroes of World War II
A celebration of our World War II generation, 80 years later, featuring surviving legends of the war, including veterans of D-Day, the Tuskegee Airmen, Rosie the Riveters, and many more.
Paratrooper with the legendary 82nd Airborne who jumped into Sainte-Mère-Église on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Later captured, he escaped and embarked on a weeks-long journey to freedom.
Captain Royce Williams
At the height of the Korean War in November 1952, piloting his U.S. Navy jet south of Vladivostok, Williams was attacked by Seven Soviet MiG-15 fighters. In one of the longest dogfights in history kept secret for decades, Williams downed four of the Russian jets.
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
In 1943, with Major League Baseball’s top stars off to war, American women athletes took to the field in the first women’s professional baseball league in history, their story famously told 30 years ago in ‘A League of Their Own.’
Brig. General R. Steve Ritchie
Fifty years ago, in a mission over Vietnam, Ritchie would become the only U.S. Air Force ‘ace’ pilot of the Vietnam War. He is the last ‘ace’ in American military history.
Lieutenant Emily J.T. Perez
The first minority female Brigade Command Sergeant Major in the history of the United States Military Academy at West Point, later the first African American woman officer killed in combat, her sword and Bible now featured on exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture. Represented by parents Daniel & Vicky Perez.
The U.S. Navy SEALs
Eighty years ago, the most celebrated program of the Special Operation Forces was born, when the forerunner of the Navy SEAL program began in the swimming pool of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Exactly eighty years later, acclaimed SEALs from throughout their history will gather at the birthplace of the most elite military outfit in the world.
Serving with the 101st Airborne Division during their legendary stand at Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge, in search of a drink for a wounded friend, Vincent Speranza found a working beer tap in a bombed out tavern. Without a moment’s thought, he began filling his helmet in a beer run for the ages, running it to his injured friend. Vince’s beer run would go down in Army lore, and is celebrated in Bastogne to this day.
A Final Toast to the Doolittle Raiders
Eighty years ago – April 18, 1942 – Jimmy Doolittle led a team of 80 men on 16 B-25 bombers on the legendary first strike on Japan after Pearl Harbor. Today, we honor their memory.
Rob Riggle, Lt. Colonel, United States Marine Corps (Retired)