The “Friends of Rocky Versace” will host the 11th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Alexandria on Monday, 27 May 2013 beginning at 11:00 AM.  The approximately 1-hour Ceremony will honor posthumous Medal of Honor recipient and Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment CPT Rocky Versace, 3 other 5 Alexandrians who died during the Vietnam War and all those in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice. Location is the Capt. Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial; Mount Vernon Recreation Center in the City of Alexandria, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. (intersection of Commonwealth and Mt Vernon Aves.).

63 other items on display at the Versace Plaza include:

1. Autographed copy of Five Years to Freedom
2. Special Forces Green Beret presented by MG Ken Bowra (CG, JFKSWCS)
3. Medal of Honor

Who – Special Forces Troopers, family and friends
What – Memorial Day Ceremony
When – Monday, 27 May, 11 AM
Where – CPT Rocky Versace Plaza / Mt Vernon Recreation Center
2701 Commonwealth Ave
Alexandria, 22305

Why – To honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Weblinks: www.virginia.org/Listings/EventsAndExhibits/MemorialDayCeremonyVersacePlazaMemorialinAlexandriaVA

http://www.ranger.org/Default.aspx?pageId=577050&eventId=687775&EventViewMode=EventDetails

Capt. Versace was captured and taken to a prison deep in the jungle along with two other Americans, Lieutenant Nick Rowe and Sergeant Dan Pitzer. He tried to escape four times, but failed in his attempts. Versace insulted the Viet Cong during the indoctrination sessions and cited the Geneva Convention treaty time after time. The Viet Cong separated Versace from the other prisoners. The last time the prisoners heard his voice, he was loudly singing “God Bless America”. On September 26, 1965, North Vietnam’s “Liberation Radio” announced the execution of Captain Humbert Roque Versace. Versace’s remains have never been recovered. His headstone at Arlington National Cemetery stands above an empty grave and can be located in the Memorial section MG-108.

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