Veterans Day Ceremony To Be Held In Alexandria On 11 November

The City of Alexandria, in partnership with the Friends of Rocky Versace, will be hosting the 18th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11 from 1-2 p.m. at Mount Vernon Recreation Center.

USN Capt. Eugene “Red” McDaniel (ret.), pays his respects at the Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Nov. 6 in Del Ray. McDaniel spent six years as a POW at the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War

According to the Alexandria Gazette, “The one-hour, indoor ceremony will honor the 68 Alexandrians who died during the Vietnam War and all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The ceremony will include the reading of the 68 names engraved in the Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans Memorial, recognition of Gold Star families in attendance, a tribute to Medal of Honor recipient Captain Humbert Roque “Rocky” Versace, the presentation of Vietnam Veteran lapel pins to Vietnam-period veterans, a wreath-laying in honor of Captain Versace and the sounding of Taps.”

There will be musical performances including the U.S. Army’s Historical Trumpets and Flutes of The Old Guard’s Fife and Drum Corps, and the National Anthem and “God Bless America,” performed by the Alexandria Harmonizers.

As per Alexandria Gazette, “Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located in front of the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., and was dedicated with support from Friends of Rocky Versace. Versace was an Alexandrian and POW/MIA posthumous Medal of Honor recipient, Ranger Hall of Fame inductee, Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment and Distinguished Member of The Old Guard Regiment.”

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