It is amazing to see our heroes honored for their service – young and old. Our Vietnam veterans will be honored at a special pinning ceremony tonight, March 29, 2016. On March 29, 1973, the last combat soldiers left Vietnam and one year after that, March 29 was declared Vietnam Veterans Day by President Richard Nixon.
The commemoration ceremony will take place at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center to thank those that risked their lives during the Vietnam War. Although this ceremony is what we are highlighting today, ceremonies like this are taking part all over the nation to honor those that serviced during the Vietnam War to thank a group of veterans that didn’t always receive the honor they deserved.
“Fifty years ago, when the Vietnam Era Veteran came home, regardless of whether they served in the country, in theater or just served during that period, they weren’t treated in the best fashion and they certainly weren’t welcomed home,” says Col. (R) John Miller, President of the local Association of the U.S. Army. “I think there’s an effort now to try and correct that at the national level and we want to do our part at the local level as well.”
On the front of the pin is an eagle and markers to represent all six of the allies involved in the conflict. The back of the pin has a special note, reading: “A grateful nation thanks and honors you.”
“There are 7.2 million living Vietnam Veterans in the United States and the intent is to give each of them one of these lapel pins,” says Miller.
In Salem alone, there are over 400 Vietnam Era veterans living, and many of them have not received their honorable pin.
Today, and every other day, honor our veterans.
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