The American Veterans Center sponsors a variety of events and public programming each year, among them the National Memorial Day Parade, the AVC Conference & American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes, and the Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize and Lecture.
THE ANNUAL VETERANS CONFERENCE
The American Veterans Center’s Annual Veterans Conference draws together heroes from the last 80 years of American history, where they share their lessons and experiences with an audience of hundreds of students from each of the military service academies and ROTC programs from around the country. Held in advance of Veterans Day each year, the event is open for public registration, and celebrates our shared American history.
AMERICAN VALOR: A SALUTE TO OUR HEROES
An Emmy-winning Veterans Day television special, American Valor salutes heroes from World War II to the present day, their stories introduced and narrated by Hollywood celebrities and noted Americans. Filmed at a gala closing the AVC’s Annual Veterans Conference, American Valor is among the most inspiring evenings of the calendar year, and a can’t miss for fans of history.
THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Held annually along Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC, the National Memorial Day Parade is our nation’s largest Memorial Day event, drawing hundreds of thousands to the National Mall, with millions watching on television at home. A ‘moving timeline of American history,’ the parade commemorates the service and sacrifice of generations past. The AVC brought back the tradition of a Memorial Day parade along Constitution Avenue in 2005, after it had faded away more than 60 years earlier during the Second World War.
THE ANDREW J. GOODPASTER PRIZE AND LECTURE
Honoring ‘Soldier Scholars’ in the mold of WWII hero and ‘right hand’ to President Eisenhower, Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster, the Prize and Lecture draws together service members of note, who have made contributions to military scholarship throughout their careers.