It's clear that remembering not just the people, but the ideas and lessons learned in freeing Western Europe and the Pacific helps assure that freedom continues to flourish around the world - much as the Soldiers of today are doing in the middle east.
Lt. Gen. Edward Soyster, U.S. Army (Retired)
World War II Commemoration Committee Executive Director
WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE
The World War II Commemoration Committee was established by DoD in January of 2004. The purpose of the committee is to honor the men and women from the greatest generation who fought abroad and at home.
Through national events and programs, the committee commemorates WWII events, ideas, alliances, and programs, and honors those who served. The committee also serves to remind Americans of the significance of WWII as the seminal event in the 20th century.
The goals of the committee include:
- Honor those who served.
- Acquaint or reacquaint all Americans with the significance of World War II to our nation and the world.
- Provide the public with a clearer understanding of the lessons of the war.
- Commemorate the ideas, alliances and programs of World War II, in addition to its battles.
- Involve the American public in commemorative activities.
- Engage former adversaries in positive recognition.
On Sunday, 8 May, at 1300, the committee will pay tribute to WWII veterans at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This event will be hosted by Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey with key note speaker Retired Army General Frederick J. Kroesen (former commanding general of Forces Command and WWII veteran). The commemoration will include a wreath laying at the Field of Stars at the WWII Memorial.
For more information about the World War II Commemoration Committee and their national events and tributes, go to www.60wwii.mil.
2 May The Freedom Team Salute Press Conference and Recognition Ceremony will be held today at 3 p.m. EDT, at the Warrior Ethos Display on the third flood between corridor 3 and 4 in the Pentagon. POC: Maj. Elizabeth Robbins, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NASCAR - Joe Nemechek found himself in the middle of a large accident this weekend in Talladega. On lap 132 of the race, 25 drivers found themselves a part of the large wreck. An unfortunate break for the Army team as they were running in the top 20 and had the lead draft at the time of the wreck.
TOP FUEL DRAGSTER - Tony Schumacher went out in the first round during this weekend's NHRA race and lost the point standings lead to Doug Kalitta who ultimately won the race.
RODEO - Our cowboys continued on their rodeo circuit across the country. The Army's newest cowboy, Joe Beaver moved into 11th place in World Standings in the All-Around category. Cody "hot sauce" DeMoss continues to maintain his number one position in Saddle-Bronc.
Men: Baseball (5/1) Army 11, 6 Navy 5, 1 (doubleheader - Patriot League Championship - Army's 2d straight); Lacrosse (5/1) Navy 15 Army 8 (Patriot League Championship Game)
Women: Softball (5/1) Army 11 Bucknell 1 (Advance to Championship Game)