National Memorial Day Concert – May 26, 2019

National Memorial Day Concert – May 26, 2019

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC. The annual star-studded event features musical and dramatic performances, appearances from America’s military leaders, and salutes to the fallen and their surviving Gold Star Families.

This year, one story will spotlight a friendship that has stretched from the battlefields of SE Asia to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Actors Dennis Haysbert and Joe Mantegna will tell the story of Army veterans Pete Peterson and Brad Kennedy who met in 1965 while serving in the 11th Cavalry Division and now reunite at ‘the Wall’ to remember their friends who didn’t return from the Vietnam War.

The concert will also salute D-Day veterans on the 75th anniversary of that heroic assault, and a Gold Star Wife and Daughter whose life changed with a ‘knock on the door’ ten years ago.

To learn more about the National Memorial Day Concert and watch past performances, visit:


Memorial Day at ‘The Wall’

Memorial Day at ‘The Wall’

On May 27, two Gold Star Daughters will deliver keynote addresses as part of the annual Memorial Day commemoration at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Brigadier General Sharon Bannister (a medical doctor in the USAF), and her sister Rebecca Rusch (who is an accomplished athlete and adventurer) will be the featured speakers at the 1 pm ceremony on Memorial Day.

Their father, Capt. Stephen Rusch (USAF), was Missing in Action from March 1972 when his F4 Phantom was lost, until 2007 when his remains were recovered and buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

They join NFL Hall of Fame member Derrick Thomas and Patty Crawford Klunder as Gold Star ‘sons and daughters’ who have delivered Memorial Day remarks during the 37-year history of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Click this link to learn more about Brig. Gen. Bannister and her sister Rebecca, and other Memorial Day information from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial:                         

Adrian Cronauer: 1938-2018

At Father’s Day 1993, famed Armed Forces Vietnam Network radio deejay Adrian Cronhauer asks, “Can you say ‘Good Morning, Vietnam!’ in sign language?”

Veterans Day 2017

Veterans Day 2017

Veterans Day 2017 marks the 35th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For most of those 35 years, SDIT has played an integral part in bringing to life the stories of the 58,318 names on ‘The Wall.’

Starting on November 7th, Gold Star ‘sons and daughters’ will join hundreds of others in honoring each of those American heroes by reading their names aloud. More about ‘The Reading of the Names’ can be obtained at this link:

The annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will take place at 1pm on Saturday, November 11th.

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Once again, SDIT is requesting its supporters consider making a symbolic contribution of $10.00 or $35.00 (or more) to assist the organization. As an all-volunteer non-profit, all donations are used to cover the expenses of executing SDIT’s mission.

Thank you for helping SDIT commemorate this 35th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Sons and Daughters In Touch

Click Here to support Veterans Day 2017 organized by Sons & Daughters In Touch – Gold Star Children of the Vietnam War.

‘The Vietnam War’ by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

‘The Vietnam War’ by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

Watch Full Episodes Online of The Vietnam War | Broadcast Version on PBS

The Vietnam War – Premieres Sunday, September 17, 8/7c. #VietnamWarPBS – Check your local PBS station for air times.

Since May, SDIT members across the country have attended previews of the Ken Burns’ film ‘The Vietnam War.’ At many of those events, these Gold Star ‘sons and daughters’ were able to talk with Burns and his co-producer Lynn Novick to share their life experiences.

As often stated, SDIT members today — in their 40s, 50s, and 60s — represent what happens when the war ends – and after several decades – Gold Star children become grown adults.

Beginning September 17th, the nation and the world will be able to view the 10-part, 18-hour documentary and see the final result of the producers’ decade-long effort.

In an immersive narrative, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never-before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Watch The Vietnam War anywhere! Beginning on September 17th, the series will broadcast on your local PBS station and will be available for streaming on the web (desktop or mobile) and PBS apps for smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Choose from English, Spanish-language, and Vietnamese-language.

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