American Veterans Center

American Veterans Center "Guarding the Legacy and Honoring the Sacrifice" of American heroes from across the generations. The mission of the AVC is to guard the legacies and honor the sacrifices of all American veterans.
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Through oral history preservation, educational programs and civic events, we preserve the stories – and lessons – of veterans past and present, from which future generations can learn. A project of the American Studies Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, the American Veterans Center and World War II Veterans Committee have worked to preserve the legacy of our veterans and military personnel for more than 20 years. In that time, the AVC has grown to join our nation’s elite institutions in preserving our shared military history and passing it on to future generations. The AVC is also the home to Emmy-winning television and multimedia programming sharing the stories of those who have served.

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From Cape Canaveral, June 18, 1983, Space Shuttle Challenger launches for its second mission into orbit. Aboard is missi...
06/18/2021

From Cape Canaveral, June 18, 1983, Space Shuttle Challenger launches for its second mission into orbit. Aboard is mission specialist Dr. Sally Ride, who would become the first American woman in space. Today, as part of NASA’s Artemis program, America looks toward man’s return to moon - and the first woman to set foot on its surface. And it is possible thanks to trailblazers like Sally Ride, who flew into history, 38 years ago today.

In February 1942, Edward J. Saylor volunteered for a “secret mission” without any knowledge of where he was going or wha...
06/15/2021

In February 1942, Edward J. Saylor volunteered for a “secret mission” without any knowledge of where he was going or what duties were to be performed. The mission ended up being the legendary Doolittle Raid.

In 2014, Mr. Saylor sat down with the AVC and shared his harrowing experience in helping to deliver the first blow against the Japanese Empire in the wake of Pearl Harbor.

Watch his full AVC Interview here: https://youtu.be/edZscGsOalw

In February 1942, Edward J. Saylor volunteered for a “secret mission” without any knowledge of where he was going or what duties were to be performed. The mission ended up being the legendary Doolittle Raid.

In 2014, Mr. Saylor sat down with the AVC and shared his harrowing experience in helping to deliver the first blow against the Japanese Empire in the wake of Pearl Harbor.

Watch his full AVC Interview here: https://youtu.be/edZscGsOalw

Happy 246th Birthday to the United States Army!
06/14/2021

Happy 246th Birthday to the United States Army!

Happy 246th Birthday to the United States Army!

On this Women Veterans Day we thank all of the courageous women who have served in the United States Armed Forces
06/12/2021

On this Women Veterans Day we thank all of the courageous women who have served in the United States Armed Forces

On this Women Veterans Day we thank all of the courageous women who have served in the United States Armed Forces

Normandy, 77 years ago today, Staff Sergeant Walter Ehlers of the U.S. Army, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division would ...
06/11/2021

Normandy, 77 years ago today, Staff Sergeant Walter Ehlers of the U.S. Army, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division would gain immortality for actions that would earn him the Medal of Honor. A friend to a great many for decades until his passing in 2014. Rest In Peace, American hero.

Medal of Honor Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June 1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the guncrew and put it out of action. Turning his attention to 2 mortars protected by the crossfire of 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the mortar section, killing 3 men himself. After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously. After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad. The intrepid leadership, indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by S/Sgt. Ehlers in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others.

Normandy, 77 years ago today, Staff Sergeant Walter Ehlers of the U.S. Army, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division would gain immortality for actions that would earn him the Medal of Honor. A friend to a great many for decades until his passing in 2014. Rest In Peace, American hero.

Medal of Honor Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June 1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the guncrew and put it out of action. Turning his attention to 2 mortars protected by the crossfire of 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the mortar section, killing 3 men himself. After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously. After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad. The intrepid leadership, indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by S/Sgt. Ehlers in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others.

06/08/2021
101st Airborne Division Paratrooper John Charles George

John Charles George joined the Army in 1943 and began his training with the 82nd Airborne Division in Georgia. Following his training he would be reassigned to the 101st Airborne Division as a replacement for casualties the unit had suffered following the D-Day invasion.

John would make his first combat jump with the 101st out of a heavily damaged airplane and into the Netherlands as part of Operation Market Garden. He would then move with the 101st into Belgium, the bitter cold, and the fierce combat known as The Battle of the Bulge. During his combat service he would be awarded two Purple Hearts amongst his many other commendations.

Watch the full AVC interview here: https://youtu.be/7n6w7nD-U0o

Thirty years ago today - June 8, 1991 - thousands of returning service members were greeted by hundreds of thousands of ...
06/08/2021

Thirty years ago today - June 8, 1991 - thousands of returning service members were greeted by hundreds of thousands of their fellow Americans for the National Victory Celebration, welcoming them home from combat in Operation Desert Storm. Thirty years since, we still honor and remember those who served in Desert Storm, which remains among the most decisive achievements in modern warfare.

06/06/2021
Heroes of D-Day: Narration by Clint Eastwood

June 6, 1944.

In the very early hours of the day 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne troops would be the first Allied soldiers to land into German-occupied Western Europe. They would be followed by the largest amphibious invasion the world had ever seen.

By day’s end some 156,000 Allied soldiers would land along a 50-mile stretch of fortified coast in France’s Normandy region. These crucial first steps into Hitler’s “Fortress Europe” came at a cost of 10,000 Allied casualties. Operation Overlord had begun, but the world would collectively remember it as “D-Day”.

77 years later we remember those who served and sacrificed on that day of days. Watch the AVC’s story of some of the heroes of D-Day, narrated by Clint Eastwood

June 5, 1944. 10:30 PM. Britain. The mission begins...
06/05/2021

June 5, 1944. 10:30 PM. Britain. The mission begins...

06/04/2021

June 4, 1942. Deep in the Pacific, the tide of history’s most epic war would begin to turn, as one of history’s epic battles began: Midway. Outnumbered and outgunned, the United States Navy held one advantage: they had cracked the secret Japanese code, giving them full knowledge of the Imperial Navy’s plans. By luck or fortune, American dive bombers located and attacked the Japanese carriers at exactly the right moment, leading to a historic victory. From now on, the United States would be on the offensive.

Watch the AVC’s story of the Battle of Midway, narrated by Tom Cruise, with remarks from veterans of the battle who joined Bear Grylls as they commemorated the 75th anniversary of the battle at the AVC’s Veterans Day special, American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes. #midway

Tonight, 81 years ago, the last of the 338,226 Allied soldiers evacuated during Operation Dynamo – the evacuation of Dun...
06/03/2021

Tonight, 81 years ago, the last of the 338,226 Allied soldiers evacuated during Operation Dynamo – the evacuation of Dunkirk – boarded ships bound for the United Kingdom. The evacuation proved near-miraculous, allowing Britain to live to fight another day. “We must be very careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory,” Winston Churchill would remind his countrymen. “Wars are not won by evacuations.” Indeed, they are won by invasions, the largest of which in history would take place almost four years later to the day, on June 6, 1944, when on beaches code named Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah, and Omaha, the Allies would return, taking their first steps into France and the end of Hitler’s empire.

06/02/2021
LTG Patricia Horoho

Patricia (Patty) Horoho is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General who holds the distinct honor of being the first nurse, and the first woman to ever hold the position of Surgeon General in the Department of Defense. She also served as the 23rd Chief of the Army Nurse Corps.

LTG Horoho is no stranger to heroism. On September 11, 2001 while working in the Pentagon, Horoho raced from her desk following the terrorist attack and immediately began to triage and give first-aid to victims. The American Red Cross would later recognize her as a “Nurse Hero” for her actions that day.

Watch her full story here: https://youtu.be/CbUiOK5opKY

"The biggest commemoration, the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington which was presented all online last year as t...
05/31/2021
U.S. travelers hit the road again with Memorial Day holiday still subdued by pandemic

"The biggest commemoration, the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington which was presented all online last year as the virus raged, is returning somewhat back to normal this year with a mix of in-person and virtual events, organizers said.

Instead of a traditional parade on Constitution Avenue before 100,000 spectators, the march was filmed on May 3 on the National Mall with no onlookers and will be blended with other taped performers in a special television program."

via Reuters

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-travelers-hit-road-again-with-memorial-day-holiday-still-subdued-by-pandemic-2021-05-31/

With half the country at least partially protected against the coronavirus, Americans were fleeing their pandemic doldrums over the three-day holiday weekend that traditionally unleashes the country's pent-up wanderlust at the doorstep of summer.

The American Veterans Center honors the men and women, and the families they left behind, who paid the ultimate sacrific...
05/31/2021

The American Veterans Center honors the men and women, and the families they left behind, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Thank you. 🇺🇸

#MemorialDay2021

The American Veterans Center honors the men and women, and the families they left behind, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Thank you. 🇺🇸

#MemorialDay2021

Washington, DC! Tune in TODAY at 2pm EST to watch the 2021 National Memorial Day Parade on 7News DC! And click on the li...
05/31/2021

Washington, DC! Tune in TODAY at 2pm EST to watch the 2021 National Memorial Day Parade on 7News DC! And click on the link below for broadcast times across the country! 🇺🇸

https://www.americanveteranscenter.org/avc-events/parade/national-memorial-day-parade/watch-parade/

#NMDP21 #MemorialDay2021 #OurSacredHonor

Washington, DC! Tune in TODAY at 2pm EST to watch the 2021 National Memorial Day Parade on 7News DC! And click on the link below for broadcast times across the country! 🇺🇸

https://www.americanveteranscenter.org/avc-events/parade/national-memorial-day-parade/watch-parade/

#NMDP21 #MemorialDay2021 #OurSacredHonor

Tune in TODAY to watch the 2021 National Memorial Day Parade as it premieres at NOON in New York City on CBS New York, i...
05/30/2021

Tune in TODAY to watch the 2021 National Memorial Day Parade as it premieres at NOON in New York City on CBS New York, in Los Angeles at 9 AM on CBS Los Angeles, in Chicago at 11 AM on CBS Chicago, and in cities across America! Check your local listings.

Tune in TODAY to watch the 2021 National Memorial Day Parade as it premieres at NOON in New York City on CBS New York, in Los Angeles at 9 AM on CBS Los Angeles, in Chicago at 11 AM on CBS Chicago, and in cities across America! Check your local listings.

The National Memorial Day returns, leading the way for America’s comeback! Hosted by Anthony Anderson, w/ Robert Irvine ...
05/30/2021
National Memorial Parade | American Veterans Center

The National Memorial Day returns, leading the way for America’s comeback! Hosted by Anthony Anderson, w/ Robert Irvine live from the National Mall, it premieres this weekend. Visit www.NationalMemorialDayParade.com to find the time/channel in your area. #NMDP21 #OurSacredHonor #NMDParade

The National Memorial Day Parade returns in 2021! In a very special made for television event, the parade returns to Washington, DC – along with New York City, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and cities and towns across the country – in a salute to the men and women who have sacrificed f...

05/29/2021

A preview from The National Memorial Day Parade, which debuts this weekend: Chef Robert Irvine introduces active-duty troops from the various branches of the US military!

Visit NationalMemorialDayParade.com for broadcast listings!

#NMDP21 #OurSacredHonor #MemorialDay

Join us as we honor our fallen in the 2021 National Memorial Day Parade, broadcasting nationwide starting TODAY, hosted ...
05/29/2021
National Memorial Parade | American Veterans Center

Join us as we honor our fallen in the 2021 National Memorial Day Parade, broadcasting nationwide starting TODAY, hosted by Anthony Anderson, with Chef Robert Irvine live from the National Mall, and featuring special Memorial Day messages from President Joe Biden and President George W. Bush.

#NMDP21 #OurSacredHonor 🇺🇸

http://NationalMemorialDayParade.com

The National Memorial Day Parade returns in 2021! In a very special made for television event, the parade returns to Washington, DC – along with New York City, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and cities and towns across the country – in a salute to the men and women who have sacrificed f...

Premiering today! Tune in nationwide for the 2021 National Memorial Day Parade! From Washington, DC, NYC, LA, and cities...
05/29/2021

Premiering today! Tune in nationwide for the 2021 National Memorial Day Parade! From Washington, DC, NYC, LA, and cities and towns across the country, we honor the spirit of American sacrifice. Visit NationalMemorialDayParade.com or check your local listings for show times.

The Washingtonian highlights the National Memorial Day Parade in their Memorial Day feature:"The parade honoring militar...
05/28/2021
10 Memorial Day Events Around DC | Washingtonian (DC)

The Washingtonian highlights the National Memorial Day Parade in their Memorial Day feature:

"The parade honoring military members who have died in service will go on this year in DC, but is not open to the public for Covid safety reasons. Viewers can instead watch the TV special on ABC to see the parade and catch performances by Lee Brice, the U.S. Air Force Band, the U.S. Army Field Band, and the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band. Other appearances include George W. Bush, Magic Johnson, Matthew Broderick, Kathy Bates, and more."

https://www.washingtonian.com/2021/05/27/10-memorial-day-events-around-dc/

TV specials, wreath-laying ceremonies, live music, and more.

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Programs and Events:

· Annual Veterans Conference & National Youth Leadership Summit - Held each year prior to Veterans Day in Washington D.C.

· National Memorial Day Parade- The Nation's largest Memorial Day event, held in Washington, D.C. along Constitution Avenue.

· American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes - The Emmy-winning Veterans Day television special, honoring military heroes from World War II to the present day.

· Veterans Oral History Project - For more than 20 years, the AVC has collected thousands of veterans' histories, video, audio, and written. Video interviews are filmed in the AVC's HD studios, producing broadcast quality interviews for use in documentary programs. Each interview is donated to the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.

· American Valor Quarterly- A quarterly publication produced by the American Veterans Center with stories written by distinguished veterans and military historians.

· Veterans Chronicles - A weekly radio series and podcast featuring stories from America's veterans, in their own words. Also available via Podcast: https://apple.co/2WYdWwc

· World War II Chronicles - The award-winning radio series and now podcast, looking back on this week in World War II history.

· Andrew J. Goodpaster Lecture and Prize- Annual Lecture in Washington D.C. honoring 'soldier-scholars' who have distinguished themselves on and off the battlefield.

· Wounded Warrior dinners and receptions- Held in Washington D.C. and focused at honoring the veterans recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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