IAVA and Memorial Day 2011
June 1 2011
Since 9/11, more than 2.2 million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, over 40,000 have been wounded and nearly 6,000 have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This Memorial Day, IAVA was proud to join forces with The Case Foundation to honor the courage and sacrifice of our fallen. From Boston to Seattle to Houston, IAVA Member Veterans and supporters gathered in 15 cities nationwide to remember their lives, legacies and to dedicate ourselves to supporting the families they have left behind.
Ceremonies & Remembrances:
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From the Presidio overlooking the Pacific to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery outside Chicago, we gathered to share stories this Memorial Day of those who never made it home. At Arlington National Cemetery, we joined the President, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen in laying a wreath in their honor at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We stood guard at Section 60, the final resting place of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, to grieve and reflect with their families. And at TAPS Good Grief Camp we came together to mentor and support their children – their living legacies.
Press & Media:
- The New York Times: Remembering Mark | Matt Gallagher
- The Atlantic: Honor the Troops by Hiring Them | Paul Rieckhoff
- Daily Beast: Memorial Day's New Younger Generation | Don Gomez, Jr.
- TIME: A Soldier's Reflection for Memorial Day | Rajiv Srinivasan
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