(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – In observance of National Vietnam War Veterans Day, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM) invites the public to join us as we honor and welcome home our Vietnam Veterans with a special in-person and live-streamed ceremony on March 29 at 10 a.m. in the Museum’s Great Hall.
“Vietnam Veterans served as called upon by our country, and they and their families deserve our honor and gratitude for their service and sacrifice,” said Lt. General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired), president and CEO of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. “We are hosting a Welcome Home Ceremony because Vietnam was the first war from which America did not welcome back our Veterans as heroes.”
The program will begin as Veterans walk a red carpet into the Great Hall to receive recognition for their service. Colonel William J. Butler, U.S. Army (Retired), NVMM chief of staff, will welcome guests, and colors will be posted by The Ohio State University Army and Air Force ROTC. Following the national anthem and invocation, Lt. General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired), NVMM president and CEO, will share remarks and introduce our keynote speaker, Sergeant Major of the Army Jack L. Tilley, U.S. Army (Retired). We will conclude our program with the playing of taps by the 88th Air Base Wing U.S. Air force Band of Flight in remembrance of all whose lives were lost.
National Vietnam War Veterans Day was established as a national observance in 2017, the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, to recognize the nine million Americans in total who served during the Vietnam War. March 29, 1973, was the day U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, was disestablished and the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam.
Veterans Voices, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Meet Sergeant Major of the Army, Jack L. Tilley, U.S. Army (Retired), during our Veterans Voice program the evening of March 28. Tilley will share his inspiring stories of service from Vietnam and the Global War on Terror during an intimate conversation with museum guests. Tickets are available for $15 on our website.
The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive any state or federal funding. The museum takes visitors on a narrative journey telling individual stories and sharing experiences of Veterans from all military branches throughout history, both during their service and as they continued serving in our communities. We honor the sacrifices of men and women in service and their families. History is presented in a dynamic, participatory experience with photos, letters and personal effects, multimedia presentations, interactive exhibits, online events and digital content. Together, these elements link our national story to the larger context of our world. For more information, please visit NationalVMM.org.
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.
She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with her husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescues.