Join veterans groups, color guards, performers and speakers at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial on the grounds of the Heard Museum for a special sunset tribute to veterans of the U.S. armed forces, followed by a reception commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War inside the museum’s Steele Auditorium.
The featured speaker is Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th surgeon general of the United States and distinguished professor at the University of Arizona. Color guard provided by Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84 of Sacaton, Arizona.
After the 5 p.m. ceremony, attendees are invited to the Steele Auditorium for a 6 to 8 p.m. commemorative reception presented by Chapter 432 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Wanda Wright, director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, will give remarks at this reception. This reception is free but an RSVP is required. Click here to RSVP for the reception.
Earlier in the day, observe Vietnam-era artists painting in the Central Courtyard and enjoy music performed by the Larry Redhouse Trio from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Service and sacrifice spanning more than three centuries are honored in the first and only known national memorial to American Indian veterans of many conflicts. The memorial consists of several sizable sculptures by acclaimed Native artists. Free and open to the public.
For more information on the sunset tribute, email Marcus Monenerkit at firstname.lastname@example.org.