Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Virtual Event – 3:00 p.m. EST
A Word of Thanks
“No matter how many times this year’s offering is viewed, it is as though you are watching it for the first time. Forrest, Galloway, Scruggs, Astle are all the real deal, as well as all who have attended the three major events held live. In the end, this year’s Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran’s Day Celebration achieved its purpose as far as I am concerned. With that said, I must say that for Gilchrist to thank those of us who are veterans of the Vietnam War for attending was, well sort of backward. It is we, the 175,000 Marylanders and the 100s of 100,000s more who were there, who owe you and Gilchrist the thanks for the preceding years of outreach and for what you will continue to do year after year.”
George W. Owings III
Secretary – MD Department of Veterans Affairs
Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration
Gilchrist’s Virtual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration was held on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at 3 p.m. EST. We are privileged to host this special virtual celebration of service to honor and thank the men and women in our community who served during the Vietnam War.
Gilchrist’s Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day celebration honors the veterans in our care as well as all of the veterans in our community, and coincides with Maryland’s Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan in 2015. This celebration is one of the many ways Gilchrist recognizes the unique needs of veterans and thanks them for their sacrifice and service to our country. We are proud to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Learn more about Gilchrist’s We Honor Veterans program or call our veterans coordinator at 444-849-8337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Welcome Home Celebration Speakers
Joe 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. 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” because of his heroism during the Battle of la Drang in November of 1965. Early in 2013, Mr. Galloway was sworn into service as a special consultant to the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration project established under the auspices of the Secretary of Defense, through which he interviewed more than 750 Vietnam veterans. He is also a permanent consultant to Ken Burns’ production of a documentary history of the Vietnam War for broadcast in 2016 on PBS. Mr. Galloway recently retired as the senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers.
Kimberly Mitchell is the Senior Vice President for Military, Veteran and Government Affairs at National University. She leads the innovative efforts at NU for military, veteran and military family educational and degree programs. Prior to her position at National University, Kim was President and CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego, where she led a robust team who serve over 3000 veterans annually by providing veterans experiencing challenges post service with residential treatment programs, mental health programs, and support services. Kim is a nationally recognized leading vocal advocate for our service members, veterans, military families and Gold Star Families and frequently speaks at non-profit, community, and corporate conferences in communities across the country. Adopted during the Vietnam War from an orphanage in DaNang in 1972, Kim is also recognized as an advocate for our Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam era veterans. She was the official spokesperson for the Department of Defense 50 Year Vietnam War Commemoration Committee for 3 years, and over the past 8 years has participated in events across the country recognizing and honoring the service of our Vietnam Veterans.
Thank You 2021 Sponsors
The Friendly Inn Association of Baltimore City
Bvt. Brig. Gen. Benjamin Lucas (MDANG, Ret.)
Jonathan and Jennifer Murray
Marietta and Ed Nolley
Nelson Cascio and Mary Stein-Cascio
Tim Schweizer, USMC
Shaw Real Estate
The Michael Stanly Foundation
American Legion Auxiliary-Unit 130
Maury, Donnelly & Parr, Inc.
In Honor of Major Susan Sancilio LaCount, USA (Ret.)
Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A.
Cathy Hamel and Bill Benson
Brigadier General Sean Casey, USA (Ret.)
Rick and Emily Sullivan
Association of The United States Army at Fort Meade (AUSA)
Vic and Leslye Fitterman
Thomas L. Glenn III
Ed and Eileen Kaplan
Linda and Dean Henderson
Billy and Judy Pulket
Patricia Anne Rosenfeld
VFW AUX to Wells-McComas Post 2678