American Legion 100th Anniversary Honorary Committee member Diane Carlson Evans was Master of Ceremonies for the Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony at the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The 2018 ceremony commemorated the 25th Anniversary of The Vietnam Women's Memorial.
Carlson Evans, a Vietnam combat nurse and American Legion member, began her initiative to build the Women's Memorial in the early 1980s, when she introduced a resolution at her local American Legion post in River Falls, Wisc. Throughout the process, the Department of Wisconsin, and then National American Legion continued the support of her mission.
In February 2018, Carlson Evans received The American Legion Patriot Award for her achievements on behalf of women veterans.
The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission hosted a series of commemorative events on Veterans Day weekend, beginning with a wreath-laying tribute to the states and territories that sent Americans to fight in the Great War 100 years ago. Photos by Eric Kruszewski
The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission and Washington National Cathedral conducted an interfaith service on Nov. 11, 2018, to commemorate the sacrifices of 4.7 million Americans who served in World War I and recognize the U.S. military's efforts to defend liberty in the century since. Later in the day, the commission honored veterans of all conflicts at Pershing Park in Washington, D.C., site of the future National World War I Memorial. Photos by Eric Kruszewski