Reading Of The Names: Post-9/11 Heroes On May 24th

Co-written by Katie Campbell

Save the date! For the first time on the National Mall, we will read the names of each and every American service member who has made the ultimate sacrifice since the attacks on September 11, 2001. Americans from across the nation will join together to read the names of these heroes in the order they were taken from us. The event will take place on Saturday, May 24th at 9:00 a.m. on the East Knoll of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.Reading of the Names for news story-05

The Reading of the Names have taken place just five times in The Wall’s history. The first reading, in 1982, took three full days and began a healing process that focused the nation’s attention away from the war itself and toward the warrior instead. VVMF held its most recent reading of the names ceremony in 2012. 

And while we have come to pay tribute to those who served in Vietnam, it is time to pay tribute to a new generation of warriors. 

“Those who have served in the wake of 9/11 – and their families – have done so selflessly and admirably. They have, in many cases, sacrificed greatly. They have earned description as ‘America’s New Greatest Generation.’ And  it is fitting and good that we will honor the fallen of that generation by the Reading of the Names,” said Gen. David Petraeus, USA (Ret.)

Registration to participate in the National Reading of the Names: Post 9/11 Heroes is currently open! If you would like to volunteer to read a name, please visit our registration page. The deadline for all requests is May 1st. Final notification of reading times will be sent by May 16th. Can’t make it to Washington, D.C. but still want to read a name? Find out how you can participate!

Supporters and endorsers of the National Reading of the Names include House Speaker John Boehner, former President Jimmy Carter, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the American Gold Star Mothers, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and the Veterans o f Foreign Wars. For a full list of endorsers and supporters, or to see the official invitation, click here.

We hope to see you there!