Please join Chasing Freedom – Virginia as we honor our veterans at a formal dinner on October 16th, 2024 at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

Former Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller will serve as the Honorary Commander of the dinner. Our key note speaker is LTC (Ret) Allen West and we are joined by several other individuals whom we would like to specifically honor. We are humbled by the presence of a number of former Vietnam Prisoners of War such as COL (Ret) Mike Brazelton and CDR (Ret) Everett Alvarez. Other speakers will be joining us representing each of the Armed Services.

We are also joined by Grammy award-winning singer Daniel Erbe (US Army veteran) who will sing the National Anthem during our opening ceremony.

 Honorary Commander

Mr. Christopher C. Miller served as the Acting Secretary of Defense, from Nov. 9, 2020, until Jan. 20, 2021. In 2020, he performed the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (ASD) for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict. He also previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism (SOCT). From March 2018 through December 2019, Mr. Miller served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism and Transnational Threats at the National Security Council (NSC).

“This is about our country, and how our military, our institutions, and our leaders failed to change in the decades following September 11th, 2001-and how we must change in the future if America is to survive.” – Christopher Miller.

 Keynote Speaker

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Allen B. West is a Christian constitutional conservative, combat veteran, and former Member of the US Congress. He is the third of four generations of military servicemen, all combat veterans, in his family. Col. West retired in 2004 after 22 years of honorable service in defense of the Republic.

In November of 2010, Allen was honored to continue his oath of service to his country when he was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.

“The republic I fell in love with, the republic I risked my life to defend, the values I hold dear, the integrity that we all share – these do not know prejudice and they do not accept partiality.” – Allen West

Speaker, Guest of Honor

COL (ret) Mike Brazelton was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force on May 12, 1964. COL (ret) Brazelton flew 111 combat missions before being forced to eject over North Vietnam and taken as a Prisoner of War on August 7, 1966. After spending 2,402 days in captivity, COL (ret)  Brazelton was released during Operation Homecoming on March 4, 1973.

After completing refresher pilot training he returned to service and Brazelton’s final active post was as Chief of the Western Hemisphere Branch of Current Operations on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon, from March 1986 until his retirement from the Air Force on October 31, 1987.


“The tremendous and enthusiastic reception that was part of home-coming has made me super-proud that I am an American. After looking into the face of the enemy for a considerable amount of time, there is no doubt in my mind that the United States is the paragon of freedom regardless  of its imperfections that may exist.” – Mike Brazelton

Speaker, Guest of Honor

CDR (ret) Everett Alvarez was shot down and captured August 5, 1964 on the first raid in North Vietnam in retaliation for the North Vietnamese torpedo attack on the USS Destroyer Maddox and USS Turner Joy. This was called the Tonkin Gulf Incident of 4 August 1964. CDR (ret) Alvarez was the longest held POW in North Vietnam. He was a prisoner for 8½ years. Alvarez retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of commander in 1980. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Operations and Research Analysis and a Juris Doctor degree, and in April 1981. In 2024, the U.S. House passed a bill to award CDR (ret) Alvarez with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his service to the nation.


“For years and years, during our long incarceration, we dreamed of the day when we would return home to our families and friends. We never gave up hope that this day might come soon, because we had faith-faith in God, in our country, and in ourselves. It was this faith that maintained our hope that someday our dreams would come true.” – Everett Alvarez

Singer, Dan Erbe

Grammy award-winning singer Daniel Erbe is a Virginia resident and a 13-year U.S. Army veteran. He is an internationally acclaimed tenor who has performed for U.S. Presidents and global dignitaries. From 2009 to 2012, he served in the Grammy Award-winning U.S. Army Field Band, captivating audiences at high-profile events, including performances for the Military Joint Chiefs of Staff, celebrities, VIPs, and the American Public.


“These remarkable individuals remind us daily of the profound commitment required to protect the freedoms we hold dear. These men and women are the epitome of patriotism.” – Daniel Erbe, U.S. Army Veteran 

 

Join us on October 16, 2024 to honor our veterans. In addition to having a chance to share a meal and honor our living veterans we will also be honoring our fallen. 

Wall of Honor – Every guest is asked to bring at least one photo of a family member or friend who has been lost in service to the country. Each photo will be accompanied by a small note stating their name, branch and rank, place of birth. 

Silent Auction – Guests are invited to donate auction items appropriate to the event such as items representative of our national values of liberty and freedom, as well as the history of our country and the sacrifices we have made together. Auction items are listed here. 

Sponsors and VIP –

VIPs – Receive special access after the event to a private gathering including personal photos and special gifts. ($450 early bird, $500)

Silver Sponsors – Company Commanders and their company (up to 5) will receive VIP treatment, be seated together for the event. Names of the sponsoring group will be listed in the program and on the event website. ($2000)

Gold Sponsors – Brigade Commanders and their company of (up to 10) will receive VIP treatment and be seated together. Names and images of the sponsoring group will be listed in the program and published on the event website. ($4000) 

 Schedule of Events

5:30 pm – VIP Social and Personal Photos

5:30 pm – Social and Silent Auction
6:30 pm – Dinner and Speakers
     – Posting of the Colors
     – Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
     – Opening Ceremony and Comments, CFV Chair Thomas Speciale
     – US Navy
     – US Marines
     – US Air Force, Col (Ret) Mike Brazelton
     – Former Acting Secretary of Defense, Christopher Miller

8:30 pm – Keynote Speaker, LTC (ret) Allen West, US Army
     – Closing Comments, Dr. Darrell Smith, CFV Vice Chair
9:00 pm – Social and Silent Auction Winners Announced
10:30 pm – Event Concludes

Register here or use the QR code below.

Join us in defending and promoting our Virginia value! 

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