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: