WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to join a Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.
Organizers say Hagel will speak at the ceremony Tuesday and will pay tribute to U.S. service members. The event begins at 1 p.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and is open to the public.READ MORE: 'The School Shouldn't Be Open Right Now': Parents React To COVID-19 Outbreak At Cherry Hill Elementary Middle School
This year’s ceremony marks the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the Three Servicemen Statue at the memorial. The sculpture depicts a white solder, an African-American soldier and a Hispanic soldier as a tribute to Vietnam veterans. It was unveiled in 1984.READ MORE: Almost 9,000 Vaccinated Marylanders Get Additional Shots Since Approval of Pfizer Booster
Hagel is the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Defense Department. He joined the U.S. Army and volunteered to go to Vietnam and went on to earn two Purple Hearts.MORE NEWS: 'We're The Cure To This Situation': 9 Killed, 13 Wounded In Baltimore Over The Past Week
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