I was honored to attend the American Veterans Center’s 2010 Conference, at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel in downtown Washington, DC.
The mission of the American Veterans Center is to preserve and promote the legacy of America’s servicemen and women from World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Certainly not just another gala here in DC, this was a ceremony full of respect and heart for those who have served, and those who continue to support our veterans and fallen heros.
Sergeant Marco Martinez, USMC, was awarded the Paul Ray Smith Award, who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In his career, he received the Navy Cross, the second-highest award a U.S. Marine can receive, second only to the Medal of Honor.
The Arlington Ladies received the Edward J. Herlihy Citizenship Award. This award recognized their contributions and significant work preserving the legacy of America’s service members. Since 1948, this small group of women has been attending the funeral of every member of the armed services who are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Audie Murphy Award, Raymond G. Davis Award, Joe Ronnie Hooper Award, Lillian K. Keil Award, Hunter Scott Youth Achievement Award, James Trimble III Scholarship Award, General Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize and Lecture, were also presented during the dinner.
I thank all those who have contributed to the freedom of the American People.
TheAmerican Veterans Center reminds you to never forget the sacrifices that were made by the American Soldier for the freedom they enjoy today. It is crucial that we work together to preserve these stories of sacrifice.
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