Former Dartmouth president Jim Wright
Jim Wright with adopted '67 Nancy Smoyer, sister of Marine 2nd Lieutenant Bill Smoyer '67 who died in Vietnam
Some of the Gold Star Mothers
Braving the rain.
Jan Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
National Mall Superintendent John Piltzecker, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, retired Lt. Col. and current VVMF board member Janis Nark, and IAVA's John Kamin
Singing the National Anthem
Director Jarvis introduces Secretary Salazar
Rolling Thunder president Walt Sides introduces Jim Wright
A moment of sadness.
Marine and Dartmouth former president Jim Wright
FIsher House Executive Vice President, Communications, Jim Weiskopf '66; Dartmouth Club of Washington, D.C. president Meg Sommerfeld '90; and Meg's daughter, who was fantastic in the drenching rain and cold
Former president Wright's speech was well and warmly received. The vet sitting next to me said "They make good people at Dartmouth." Pretty high compliment.
Vietnam Women's Memorial Fund president Diane Carlson Evans introduces Lt. Col. Sharon Stanley-Alden
Lt. Col. Stanley-Alden
These men stood at attention in the driving rain and in the bitter cold throughout the speeches.
Director Jarvis, former president Wright, and AFL-CIO's Mark Ayers