The purpose of this correspondence is to extend an invitation to you, and your guests, to attend and participate in, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2019 (11:30am – 12:30 P.M. EST) at: 451 7th Street, SW, Washington, D.C., 20410 (Brooke-Mondale Auditorium). The HUD (2019) Memorial Day Theme is: ‘Honor, Observe, Remember Our Heroes’
The HUD Veterans Affinity Group (VAG), the United States Department of Veterans Affairs /Center for Minority Veterans (VACO), and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, will host the HUD (2019) Memorial Day Ceremony.
We are honored to have, as our Keynote Speaker, the Honorable Jack Bergman, U.S. Representative (R Michigan 1st District)/Lieutenant General (USMC-RET.), Mr. Richard ‘Rick’ Toma, Iraq War Veteran, Bronze Star Recipient (Desert Shield/Desert Storm), and former HUD employee, Tuskegee Airman, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Jefferson, United States Army-Air Corp (RET.) and Lieutenant Colonel Harry Stewart, United States Army Air Corp (RET.). Special Guests include the Gold Star Mothers (Maryland Chapter).
Other honored guests include the Military District of Washington (MDW) Joint Forces Ceremonial Color Guard, and Bugles Across America (Bugler), and the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Junior ROTC (John F. Kennedy High School Naval JROTC Cadets).
A reception for all invited guest is scheduled for 10:30 A.M. (EST), in the Brooke – Mondale Auditorium C, and the HUD 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony will begin, promptly, at 11:30am. (EST).
Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, in defense of this great Nation, while in the military service. This year (2019) Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 27, 2019. A national moment of remembrance takes place on Monday, May 27, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. local time.
Facility Access: If you are a Federal Government Employee and have a Valid HSPD-12 (Federal Employee ID Card) please present this at the security desk for entrance however, if you or your guest, are not Federal Government employees, and do not have a valid HSPD-12, or Federal ID you must RSVP to: Natalie Bishop-Hodge at: 202-402-3132, or: Natalie.R.Bishop-Hodge@hud.gov, or to: Walter Elmore at: 202-275-6323, or Walter.A.Elmore@hud.gov with your first, and last name, DOB, and last four of SSN. All outside guests must use the South Plaza Employee Entrance when entering the HUD building. Parking will be available at the L'Enfant Plaza Garage, on D Street, S.W. (Security screening is MANDATORY – Please bring proper photo ID).
This Honorable event will be Webcast Live (Internally) to all HUD Regional and Field Offices and uploaded on YouTube
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their Nation." - George Washington
Walter Elmore, M.A., Chair
HUD Veterans Affinity Group (VAG)
Vice-Chair Emeritus and Special Advisor to the Interagency Veterans Advisory Council (IVAC)
HUD District of Columbia Office/National Capital Area Office
820 First Street, NE Suite 300
Washington, DC 20002-4205