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Third Vietnam veterans pinning ceremony scheduled

Posted on 04/30/2018
Third Vietnam veterans pinning ceremony scheduledOnce again, Weld County Commissioners will honor veterans of the Vietnam War through a special pinning ceremony scheduled for June 2, 2018.

“Our veterans are so important to our country,” said Weld County Commissioner Chair Steve Moreno. “While we are inviting Vietnam veterans to be honored at this ceremony, the honor is truly ours.”

The ceremony, the third the county has hosted in the past three years, is part of a national effort to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The first local ceremony, held in November of 2016, honored more than 20 Vietnam Veterans while the May 2017 ceremony honored approximately one hundred veterans.

“We are proud to be able to continue this ceremony,” said Moreno, who anticipates around 100 veterans at the 2018 event.

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 third county-hosted Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home and Pinning Ceremony to be held June 2, 2018, at the Windsor Recreation Center, 25011th St in Windsor. The morning will start with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. followed by the official ceremony at 9:00 a.m.

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 May 25, 2018, to ensure a spot in the June 2 ceremony. RSVPs can be made directly to the Weld County Veterans Services Office by calling 970-400-3447 or emailing Amber Barthel at abarthel@weldgov.com.