The entire community is invited to join the City of Gaithersburg for its annual Veterans Day Observance on Monday, November 11, 2013, honoring and recognizing all U.S. military personnel who play an important role in safeguarding our nation and our future. The observance takes place at 11 a.m. at the City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 South Summit Avenue in Gaithersburg.
City officials and members of local veterans groups will be on hand to honor those who have served in all branches of the military. Officials, veterans and community organizations will also participate in a solemn wreath laying ceremony, followed by a reception inside City Hall.
Veterans Day remarks will be delivered by Lieutenant Colonel Lee Miller. Colonel Miller graduated from West Point in 1958 and served in Artillery/Infantry command with two tours in Vietnam and two in Germany. He is one of the founders of the West Point Wounded Warrior Mentoring Program, an all-volunteer nonprofit charitable organization that assists combat wounded and ill and injured servicemen and their spouses.
The City of Gaithersburg is once again supporting the efforts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), which adopts various units deployed overseas. At the observance we will be collecting items to send as part of the Adopt-A-Unit program. Items most needed include: Powdered drink mixes, Silly String (to detect lasers in a room), cherry flavored lip balm, medium weight mid-calf socks, men’s undershirts, boxers and briefs, envelopes, tablets, pens and pencils, store bought packaged cookies, flypaper, cans of salted nuts and cheese dips, canisters of potato chips, travel size toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby wipes, soaps, shampoos and lotions, disposable razors, shaving cream, sealable gallon plastic bags, trail mixes, energy bars, hard candy, disposable cameras, and AA and AAA batteries.
The VFW also accepts monetary donations, which they use to purchase postage and calling cards in bulk at a discounted price. Tax-deductible donations can be dropped off between 4 and 9 p.m. at the VFW John M. Carter Post #9862, 211K N. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, 301-948-0781. Please make checks payable to VFW Post #9862 and mark in the memo field “Adopt-a-Troop.”
For more information on Gaithersburg’s Veterans Day Observance please call 301-258-6350.
Lieutenant Colonel M. “Lee” Miller had a very active career in the military, interwoven with the academic world. He is a proud graduate of the West Point Class of ‘58. While in the Army, he served in Artillery/Infantry command and staff positions with two tours in Vietnam and two in Germany. While serving, Colonel Miller earned a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Penn State University and completed a tour at West Point teaching Chemistry to cadets. He also earned a Masterís in Business from Boston University. Colonel Miller spent the last part of his career in the Army as a comptroller. During the next 20 years, he worked as a contracts manager for Unisys and NCR Corporations in the Washington, D.C. area.
After leaving the Army, Colonel Miller earned a Doctorate in Business ABD from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. While working in civilian life, he became an adjunct professor of management. For the last twenty years, he has taught both undergraduate and graduate management capstone courses as well as entrepreneurship courses on a continuing basis at American University Kogod School of Business and Johns Hopkins University.
In 2004, Colonel Miller and two other West Point Classmates founded the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program (WWMP), an all-volunteer 501©(3) nonprofit charitable organization that works with wounded warriors of all services, ranks and genders. The WWMP assists combat wounded and ill and injured servicemen and their spouses in transitioning to a new productive life and profession over a three to five year period using education, internships and jobs as the means to success. Presently, there are 250 mostly combat veterans mentoring approximately 250 wounded warriors one-on-one at Walter Reed NMMC, Fort Belvoir and Fort Meade. Once the wounded warrior is discharged and becomes a veteran, the WWMP has a Follow-On Mentor Program to provide a follow-on mentor any place in the U.S. or Puerto Rico. As well as being one of the founders of the organization, Colonel Miller has been the program director of the WWMP for the past nine years that has successfully transitioned more than 800 wounded warriors and spouses to date.
His medals include The Combat Infantry Badge, three Bronze Star Medals, two with V devices for valor in combat and one for achievement, several Air Medals, an Army Commendation Medal for achievement, and several other service medals. While in Vietnam, he worked and lived with the Montagnards in a nation building role and was awarded the Ethnic Minority Honor Medal by the Montagnard Government.
Colonel Miller and his wife Betty live in Germantown and are members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg.