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Vietnam Veterans asked to RSVP for ceremony

Posted on 04/04/2017
Vietnam Veterans asked to RSVP for ceremony

If you are a veteran of the Vietnam War, or the family member of a veteran who served during that war, the Weld County Commissioners would like to formally invite you to the second county-hosted Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home and Pinning Ceremony to be held May 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in our Southwest Weld County Complex.

“After we held the first ceremony last November, we knew we needed to host another and to make sure we reached out to as many Vietnam Veterans as possible,” said Commissioner Chair Julie Cozad. “The ceremony was so moving and so important – and so long overdue.”

The Board invited more than 20 Vietnam Veterans to a pinning ceremony held on November 9, 2017. During that ceremony, veterans and their families were honored with a presidential proclamation, a county proclamation and an official token of gratitude from the United States government.

“To shake the hands of each of those soldiers and to finally welcome them home and thank them for their service, well, it was something I will never forget,” said Commissioner Steve Moreno.

It is the hope of the Board that Vietnam Veterans will contact the county’s Veterans Services office and RSVP for the May event, which will feature an honor guard as well as a keynote speaker (yet to be announced) in addition to the proclamation reading and pinning.

The pinning ceremony idea, and the official pin, is provided through the county for Vietnam Veterans by a program of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. According to their website, “The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act…empowers the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program on behalf of the nation that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.” The goals of the program include thanking and honoring veterans of the Vietnam War, highlighting their service and paying tribute to their contributions.

Vietnam Veterans, or family members of Vietnam Veterans, are asked to RSVP by April 17 to ensure a spot in the May ceremony. RSVPs can be made directly to the Weld County Veterans Services Office by calling 970-400-3447 or emailing Wendy Bailey at wbailey@weldgov.com.