2018 We Serve America Concert and Salute to Veterans

We Serve America, a Washington D.C. based 501(C)(3), founded by Veterans of every war since World War II, is creating programs to have Veterans Day take its rightful place in the nation. America celebrates Memorial Day and the 4th of July with nationally televised concerts and great fanfare – and well it should. However, there is no “national” celebration of Veterans Day.  Presently there are an estimated 19.5 million veterans in the United States.

On 11 November 2018, the United States will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the hostilities of World War I.  World War I transformed the United States and launched the “American Century”.  

The United Kingdom, France, The United States (The Grand Alliance), and other nations will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice, the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month in 1918 when the guns fell silent ending hostilities. This day will be remembered across free nations in prayer, ceremony, song, and celebration.

The initial Armistice Day, now called Remembrance Day in Europe, was observed at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V hosting a Banquet in Honor of the President of the French Republic and the United States Ambassador during the evening of 10 November 1919. The first official Armistice Day was held on the grounds of Buckingham Palace the following morning.

In the United States, Remembrance Day is called Veterans Day.  In Washington, DC on the 11th of November 2018 at 7:30 pm at historic DAR Constitution Hall, We Serve America will present the We Serve America Salute to Veterans, a 90-minute concert televised internationally on the Armed Forces Network.

The full United States Army Concert Orchestra with invited guest performances from the United States Air Force, The United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps Bands and The Old Guard will provide the music.

Andrew Carroll, the Director of The National War Letters Project headquartered at Chapman University, and a Special Advisor to We Serve America, has authorized the use of original letters written by soldiers from the front lines to be read as part of the program. The letters cover wars from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan and Iraq.  Dr. Edward Lengel, Senior Historian – The White House Historical Association, in a private capacity, has joined We Serve America as an official member of our Advisory Board. Dr. Lengel is working directly with Celia Straus, an Executive Producer of the 2018 We Serve America Salute to Veterans. For the past five years Ms. Straus has written a number of award winning televised Concert programs.  She just completed the 2017 Anti-Defamation League’s Concert Against Hate presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Monday October 30th.

HRH Prince Harry, representing Great Britain, has been invited to present a reading.

Mr. Tom Selleck, a Vietnam era Army Veteran and star of the hit series Blue Bloods, has accepted our invitation to be the host and Master of Ceremonies for the evening. An exciting array of talented international recording artists from country and western to contemporary will perform.

Each year the Veterans Day Concert will be televised in the United States and internationally on the Armed Forces Network, and steamed on Social Media.  
 

2016 We Serve Awards Presentation & Veterans Day Concert

We Serve, Inc. welcomed veterans, distinguished guests, family and friends to the third annual We Serve Awards Presentation and Veterans Day Concert celebrating our nation's veterans through music and the spoken word at the magnificent Washington, D.C. Temple Visitors' Center on November 12, 2016. The program was written by We Serve's own Celia Straus, and featured opening remarks by We Serve Board Member Monsignor James D. Watkins; special guest speaker U.S. Army Major General (Ret) Michael Dunlavey; The Washington D.C. Temple Orchestra; The Mormon Choir of Washington; and closing remarks by U.S. Army Major General (Ret) Peter Cooke.

We were privileged to again have a dramatic reading of war letters by the Pickwick Players -- special thanks to our performers Michelle Detweiler, Milan Detweiler, Alison Lewis, and David Sturdevant. The letters were provided courtesy of Andrew Carroll, Director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University (www.warletters.us). 

We Serve's Chairman, Mr. John Kristoff, presented the 2016 We Serve Awards to The Bob Woodruff Foundation and The Atlantic Council for their outstanding service to transitioning, post-9/11 veterans through the Take Point Initiative. Since 2014 the Take Point Initiative has supported veterans pursuing careers as nonprofit and thought leaders in the policy field, providing them with a voice in key discussions shaping American foreign policy, national security, and the narrative around veterans in America.

Click HERE to learn more about the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Click HERE to learn more about the Atlantic Council.

Click HERE to learn more about the Take Point Initiative.

Click HERE for more information about the 2016 We Serve Award Presentation and Veterans Day Concert.

2015 We Serve Award Presentation & Veterans Day Concert

On November 7, 2015, We Serve held its second annual Veterans Day Concert at the Washington D.C. LDS Temple Visitors' Center. The program was written by our own Celia Straus, and featured music and spoken word presented by the Washington D.C. Temple Orchestra, the Mormon Choir of Washington D.C., Special Guest Speaker U.S. Army Major General (Ret) and President of the Washington D.C. North Mission Peter Stryker Cooke, and closing remarks and benediction by We Serve's Monsignor James D. Watkins.

We were privileged to have a dramatic reading of war letters by the Pickwick Players -- special thanks to our performers Michelle Detweiler, Milan Detweiler, Alison Lewis, and David Sturdevant. The letters were provided courtesy of Andrew Carroll, Director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University (www.warletters.us).

Below are some photos of our 2015 We Serve Award recipients Elder and Sister Fowler on behalf of the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center, with our Keynote Speaker President Cooke, and We Serve Board Members Monsignor James D. Watkins and John D. Kristoff. Also, some video from the evening's musical selections.