Published Novemeber 11, 2015
By Elizabeth Bates and Roy Murry
The men and women who put themselves in harm’s way for our country are called “veterans.” As Americans, it is our responsibility to support them, and come to their aid if needed, after they have performed their duty. On Veterans Day and throughout the year, let us continuously honor all veterans who have served and their families who support them, and recognize their contributions and sacrifices in a meaningful way. The Education Center at the Wall to be built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. provides a way to pay homage to their service
American Indian Veterans Memorial, a group spearheaded by 173rd Airborne Brigade Vietnam veteran Stephen Bowers from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, along with Hard Rock International, is leading a project to have a dedicated American Indian Veterans Memorial Exhibit included in the new Education Center to be constructed on land adjacent to the Vietnam Wall and Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida is hosting a concert at Hard Rock Live with Three Dog Night and America playing to a sold out crowd of veterans, their families, friends and community supporters. All ticket sales go to support building the Education Center.
“We are excited about the prospect of three to three and a half million people passing by the American Indian/Alaska Native/Pacific Islander Exhibit in the Education Center on a yearly basis”, comments Bowers. “We will be able to share the rich military history of all tribal veterans who served throughout all the wars and conflicts in an effort to help protect our country”. The Education Center Exhibits will give all Americans, and visitors to our nation’s capital from around the world, the opportunity to learn of the proud and courageous tradition of service of all veterans, and in particular, the Native Americans who served in the Armed Forces of the United States.
Native Americans have served in the U.S. military in all branches of service. They have served with valor in every military conflict since the Revolutionary War, and in greater numbers per capita than any other ethnic group. Bowers and numerous others, including Jan Scruggs, the founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the group that he founded to get approval from Congress and raise the money to build the Vietnam Wall, believe that the time to honor American Indian/Alaska Native/Pacific Islander veterans’ service and sacrifice, which spans nearly two and a half centuries, is long overdue.
To make a donation to help support the American Indian/Alaska Native/Pacific Islander Exhibit in the Education Center, go to www.aivmi.org (American Indian Veterans Memoria, Inc.) or contact Stephen Bowers, Seminole Tribe of Florida, 954-966-6300, firstname.lastname@example.org or Elizabeth Bates, American Indian Veterans Memorial, 954-415-2999, email@example.com
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