AFL-CIO Union Veterans Remember

America’s labor movement has a long history of supporting our troops. From honoring the fallen to providing opportunities to returning veterans, unions are committed to repaying the sacrifices of our nation’s defenders. In partnership with NGL, the unions participate in 27 Annual Tributes at The Tomb of the Unknowns honoring those who died in America’s wars, conflicts, and incidents. No other group in the history of our country has done this.

Each of these annual efforts is coordinated by an Iron Workers Union member and Vietnam Veteran, David Kolbe. Union veterans come from all over the country to participate in placing a wreath at The Tomb. They travel to Washington, DC at their own expense for this special tribute to their fellow comrades and all who sacrificed for our freedom throughout nation’s history.

David Kolbe in Vietnam

No Greater Love ANC Wreath Laying Schedule 2015

Year

Tribute

Date

1846-1848

Mexican American War

February 2

1812-1815

War of 1812

February 17

1990-1991

Gulf War

February 28

1861-1865

Civil War

April 9

1980

Iran Hostage Rescue Mission

April 25

1959-1975

Vietnam War

April 30

1981-1992

El Salvador Civil War

May 5

1987

USS Stark

May 17

Established 2001

Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance

May 25, 3PM

1996

Khobar Towers

June 25

Established 2010

National PTSD Awareness Day

June 27

 

Independence Day

July 4th

1950-1953

Korean War

July 27

2003-2011

Operation Iraqi Freedom

August 31

1941-1945

World War II

September 2

1775-1783

Revolutionary War

September 3

2001

September 11 Attacks

September 11

Established 1986

National POW-MIA Day

3rd Friday of September

September 18

1996

Somalia: Operation Restore Hope

October 3

2001-Present

Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Freedom

October 7

2001

USS Cole

October 12

1983

Beirut Bombing

October 23

1983

Grenada: Operation Urgent Fury

October 25

1947-1989

Cold War

November 9

1918

World War I

November 11

1898

Spanish-American War

December 10

1985

Gander Air Disaster

December 12

1989

Panama: Operation Just Cause

December 20