NCC Supports Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Memorial Service

On Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, NCC was privileged to support the Department of Defense’s United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration National Announcement and Proclamation Ceremony on the National Mall.  NCC was called on to provide real-time captioning and project management of the audiovisual services for this special event marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, which included speeches from high-profile political figures including Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and President Barack Obama, as well as an appearance by soldier-turned-actor Tom Selleck, a longtime supporter of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

Having worked with the DoD previously for the Pentagon’s 9/11 observance ceremonies last year as well as this year’s Spirit of Service Ceremony, Conference and Peer Review Manager Kim Preiss and Audiovisual (AV) Senior Associate Benjamin Beeghly were well-equipped to assume leadership of this project.  In addition to providing captioning services for the Commemoration Ceremony, NCC was responsible for choosing two contractors to capture the audio and provide three giant LED screens to show the event on a larger-than-life scale during the proceedings, as well as coordinating their work and communication between them and our Army TV customer.

One thing that NCC could not successfully coordinate, however, was the weather: towards the end of a long day of preparations on the Sunday before the event, a brewing thunderstorm prompted the National Park Service (NPS) to evacuate everyone from the Vietnam Memorial to the relative shelter of the Lincoln Memorial a little ways down the Mall.  Fortunately the downpour passed swiftly and displaced only a few chairs, and all was ready to go for Monday’s commemoration proceedings.

Two soldiersAfter numerous meetings to coordinate every aspect of the event, from hiring the contracting companies to adding a request for closed captioning support to a walkthrough with the Secret Service and NPS a week before the event to delineate security measures, the Commemoration Ceremony went off without a hitch, as ten new names were added to the Memorial Wall and the Color Guard marched through to honor our soldiers, both living and fallen.

NCC is honored to have played a small role in this special event to recognize and honor the brave men and women who willingly served and sacrificed for the freedom we celebrate on this July 4 th.  We are pleased to continue building our partnership with Army TV and the DoD, and we anticipate working together on future events like this.