An article in Sunday's Metro section on the scheduled dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial incorrectly reported the address of the Departmental Auditorium. It is on Constitution Avenue NW, between 12th and 14th streets.
About 300,000 U.S. veterans are expected here Nov. 11 when the black granite Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be formally turned over to federal officials as a national monument.
Organizers of the event, called National Salute II, said yesterday that a statue commemorating the war will be unveiled and installed during ceremonies on the Mall during the Veterans Day weekend Nov. 9-11.
A commemorative postage stamp will be issued, and there will be a concert by Wayne Newton and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Other scheduled events include a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery, a candlelight service honoring prisoners of war and soldiers still missing in action, and reunions of veterans from all services.
"The theme is 'American Veterans -- One and All.' Unity is our goal," said Kelvin Hunter, a member of the National Salute II Committee.
The V-shaped Vietnam Veterans memorial, a smooth black wall that bears the names of 57,939 men and women who died in the war, was dedicated two years ago during a tearful ceremony attended by about 150,000 spectators.
The memorial, at 21st Street and Constitution Avenue NW in Constitution Gardens, will not be officially completed until a statue depicting three soldiers walking together is placed near the granite wall.
Sullivan said that twice as many celebrants are expected to attend this year's ceremony.
"The ceremony two years ago, which featured a parade, represented the start of a "healing process," Hunter said. "Somebody said, 'Welcome home. We're proud of you.' "
The Salute II celebration starts Friday with the unveiling of the statue, sculpted by Fred Hart, a District resident. On Saturday at 11 a.m. there will be a free concert on the Mall hosted by disc jockey Chris Noel, who entertained troops during the Vietnam War. A stamp commemorating Vietnam veterans will be issued about 11 a.m. at the Departmental Auditorium, 1300 Connecticut Ave. NW. An air show featuring jets and helicopters will begin about noon on the Mall.
On Veterans Day -- Sunday, Nov. 11 -- an interdenominational religious service will be held at 9 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial, followed by a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at 10:30 a.m. At 2 p.m., the statue and memorial will be dedicated as national monuments, Sullivan said.