Ceremony to honor Vietnam-era veterans

Special to The Times

A Certificate and Pin Ceremony to recognize area Vietnam Veterans for their honorable service will be held on Sunday, September 18 at 2 p.m. The event will take place at First Baptist Church of Locust Grove, located at 2950 Tanger Blvd. in Locust Grove.

This event is intended to show that it is never too late to say thanks to the men and women who served. The Vietnam Veteran never received that; no simple acknowledgment of their personal sacrifice for military service to our nation during the Vietnam War.

There are an estimated 234,000 Vietnam Veterans living in Georgia according to VA statistical data. In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, in partnership with the Office of Governor Nathan Deal, has created the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program for these veterans.

This ceremony will involve presentation of the State Certificate of Honor and the Defense Department’s Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Lapel Pin from Georgia’s Commissioner of Veterans Service Mike Roby.

Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War is eligible to receive this certificate and lapel pin (This includes veterans with service in-country and those who served in other locations worldwide). Each certificate is personalized with the Vietnam War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo. They are signed by Governor Deal and GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby.

For more information, email bzeringue@vs.state.ga.us or call 404-463-3080.