Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

In solidarity with our brothers and sisters who still await news of the fates of their fathers, Sons and Daughters In Touch is pleased to see the official POW/MIA Flag flying again atop the White House.

Appropriately, today — April 9 — is “Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day”.

SDIT has always supported the effort to obtain the fullest possible accounting of the 1585 American servicemen who did not return home at the end of the Vietnam War. Until they are all home, that support will endure.

(Photo is courtesy of the White House — and subsequently cropped for viewing)

National Vietnam War Veterans Day 2021

National Vietnam War Veterans Day 2021

Near the end of National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29, a unique and special tribute occurred at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden paid a visit to ‘The Wall’ and etched a name rubbing of Cpl. Dennis F. Shine, the father of Gold Star Children and Sons and Daughters In Touch members: Dennis Shine and Kelly Shine Sullivan.
 
 
 
 

Father’s Day 2020 Virtual Ceremony

Father’s Day 2020 Virtual Ceremony

Father’s Day 2020

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 21ST
The Vietnam Wall

 
Sons and Daughters In Touch and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund have collaborated to produce a ceremony fitting of all those who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War.
 
On June 21 at 1 PM EST, you can watch our virtual Father’s Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
 
We hope that you will join us for this 1-hour tribute. Happy Father’s Day!
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: http://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/home/

 

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:                             

https://www.vvmf.org/2019-memorial-day