Salute to Veterans

Posted November 5, 2004 at 5:32pm

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project will host a variety of events this week to mark Veterans Day. All are open to the public. [IMGCAP(1)]

In conjunction with the publication of the project’s first book, “Voices of War: Stories of Service From the Home Front and the Front Lines,” the Library will host a book party tonight in the Thomas Jefferson Building.

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) is scheduled to speak at the event, which begins at 6 p.m., along with veterans who are featured in the book, which will be released Thursday (see story, p. 21).

Later in the week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi is scheduled to unveil the “VHP Bus,” a painted city bus sponsored by the LYNX bus system of central Florida.

Following its Friday unveiling at the James Madison Building, the bus will be sent to Orlando, Fla., for a one-year “tour of duty.”

The LOC also will showcase a performance Friday of “Voices of War: A Vietnam Nurse’s Story,” adapted from the memories of Vietnam nurse Rhona Marie Prescott.

The show, produced jointly with New York’s American Place Theatre, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Jefferson Building’s Coolidge Auditorium.

The Friday performance also will feature a 45-minute performance of author Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried,” followed by a panel discussion including Prescott, O’Brien and artistic director Wynn Handman.

Moving Up. The Capitol Police Department will promote nearly a dozen officers to the rank of lieutenant in a formal ceremony today.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in Dirksen Senate Office Building Room SDG-50. Chief Terrance Gainer is expected to attend along with Assistant Chief James Rohan.

Among those being promoted are Sgts. Sharon Blackmon-Malloy and Vernier Riggs, the first black women to obtain the rank of lieutenant in the department.

A separate ceremony is scheduled for the law enforcement agency’s newly promoted sergeants in December.

— Jennifer Yachnin