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2020 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration

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Martin's West

6817 Dogwood Road

Baltimore, MD 21244

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Gilchrist is pleased to host its third annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

The event will be held at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Rd, Windsor Mill, MD 21244.

Please join us for a complimentary brunch, a heartfelt program and a joyous celebration of the service of our Vietnam veterans.

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Doors open: 12:00 p.m.
Resource fair: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Brunch served: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Formal program: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Resource fair: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The resource fair will be held from 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. AND 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Information will be available about services, support and resources for veterans and their loved ones.

CSM Michael Behnkendorf will lead the soldiers of Fort Meade, Marines from Marine Barracks, the Young Marines, and other active-duty military personnel from different branches in a salute to honor and remember all who served during the Vietnam War.

Speakers include:

Joseph Lee Galloway. Mr. Galloway has been one of America's premier war and foreign correspondents for more than half a century. With Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (USA Ret.), he co-authored the 1992 national bestseller "We Were Soldiers Once . . . And Young," the story of the Battle of Ia Drang, the first major battle of the Vietnam War between the United States Army and North Vietnamese troops. In 2002, it was made into a critically acclaimed movie. The two co-authored a sequel, "We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam," a New York Times bestseller that was released in 2008. Mr. Galloway became the only American civilian to receive the Bronze Star with "V" during the Vietnam War in 1998, in recognition of his heroism during the Battle of la Drang in November of 1965. Beginning in 2013, Mr. Galloway interviewed more than 750 Vietnam veterans as a special consultant to the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration project established under the auspices of the Secretary of Defense. He has also served as a consultant to Ken Burns' production of a documentary history of the Vietnam War, broadcast in the fall of 2017 by PBS. Mr. Galloway recently retired as the senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers.

Kimberly Mitchell. Ms. Mitchell is the President and CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego, a nationally recognized leader in serving homeless military veterans, providing treatment programs to more than 2000 veterans every year. She is recognized as an advocate for Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam era veterans, having been adopted by an American Airman from an orphanage in Da Nang, South Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War. She grew up in the Midwest knowing that she wanted to serve her country. Ms. Mitchell attended the United States Naval Academy and served in the United States Navy for 17 years as a Surface Warfare Officer, serving onboard surface ships and at shore commands. Her last two years on active duty, Ms. Mitchell served as the Deputy Director of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office of Warrior and Family Support. After leaving the Navy in 2012, she was the President and Co-Founder of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, an organization that assists service men and women transitioning from the military to the local community. Ms. Mitchell was the official spokesperson for the Department of Defense 50 Year Vietnam War Commemoration Committee for three years, and over the past five years has participated in various Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund events, Vietnam Veteran Honor flights and other events recognizing and honoring the service of our Vietnam Veterans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration is required. It's free and takes only a few minutes.

If you would like to submit any service photos to be included in the slideshow, please send them in JPG format by Friday, March 8, 2020, to WeHonorVeterans@gilchristcares.org.

To remember any friends, family members, or fellow servicemen who are no longer with us, please bring a photo or other memorabilia to be placed at the remembrance table near the front of the room.

For cancellation, please contact us at WeHonorVeterans@gilchristcares.org or 443-849-8337.

Dress: Veterans are invited to wear their uniforms, if possible. If not, Vietnam veterans are welcome to wear clothing and gear that identifies them as a Vietnam veteran. Otherwise, the dress is patriotic casual.

For any questions, please email WeHonorVeterans@gilchristcares.org or call 443-849-8337.


Authorization for Publicity Release:

By registering and attending this event, Gilchrist is granted permission to use any video or photographs that are taken of the attendees at the event for publicity or promotion of any program or service provided by the organization. Please note that publicity or promotional use may extend beyond the originally intended purpose and does not expire on any particular date. Additionally, there will not be compensation to attendees if their photograph or video are used.

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