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From Chuck Weber, your Veteran Service Officer...
National Vietnam War
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington — “the Wall” —plays a significant role in our nation’s honoring of our Vietnam veterans on that special day. The Wall is an arresting reminder to its more than 5 million annual visitors of the service and sacrifice of the more than 58,000 Americans whose names are on that black granite memorial. There is something haunting and yet cleansing about that special place. Senior members of the Defense Department and VA participate in a wreath-laying ceremony on that day at that hallowed site. The commemoration office also coordinates with governors of all U.S. states, commonwealths and territories, and the mayor of the District of Columbia, to host similar events on or around this day; as of 19 MAR, 47 States had committed to do so.
The commemoration was authorized by Congress, under DOD auspices, and launched at the Wall in 2012. The goal is to thank and honor America’s 6.6 million living veterans of the 9 million who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975 — regardless of location — and the families of all who served. Nearly 3 million served “in country” and another 6 million served elsewhere. All were called to serve. None could self-determine where they were stationed, and each deserves our thanks. Those who served in country experienced unique hardships that only come with service in a combat zone, which every veteran understands and honors. While we recognize all, those who served in country deserve our special appreciation.
Inspired by thousands of local, state and national organizations that have partnered with the commemoration, Americans have already publicly and individually thanked and honored nearly 2 million of these veterans and their families in hometowns across the nation. Those who have joined in the hometown-centric Commemorative Partner Program (more than 11,000 organizations) have committed to conducting two events per year, in their local communities, that recognize and honor our veterans and their families. These partners have held more than 12,000 events to date. There are no costs associated with becoming a commemorative partner, and organizations are heartily invite to join the mix of dedicated local and national businesses, corporations, veterans and military organizations, associations, educational institutions, community groups, towns, cities, states and many others that have committed to assist the nation in this noble effort.
The commemoration provides Vietnam Veteran lapel pins to commemorative
partners for dignified public presentations, during commemorative
events, to living U.S. veterans who served during the Vietnam War
period. Each veteran who served during the dates above is eligible to
receive one lapel pin. Vietnam veterans can locate upcoming
zoom in to locate your state and city or town, and click a blue pin to
reveal details of an upcoming event, including contact information. If
there are no blue pins in your area, check back frequently as new events
are added every week. Veterans who need help finding a commemorative
event can email the commission at
Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin Front) (left)
Now is the time for all Americans to fully embrace the brave men and women who returned home from Vietnam and other locations around the world, often to shame and disgrace — or served in uniform during that period and failed to get the respect due them — by publicly thanking them with honor and dignity, as well as recognizing the sacrifices of their families. Visit www.vietnamwar50th.com or email them for more information about the Commemoration and the Commemorative Partner Program, respectively. Join the nation ... thank a Vietnam veteran!
|Source: Military Times ||
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