Highlights From Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Events!
Vietnam veterans honored in Dover
Honoring Vietnam Veterans Day, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 850 president Joe Startt of Leipsic kneels before the Vietnam Memorial in Dover after placing the ceremonial wreath at its base.
Greeting his fellow vets with "Welcome Home," VVA Chapter 850 chaplain Michael Snyder gave both the invocation and the benediction during Saturday's ceremony.
Keynote speaker was Judy Campbell of Wilmington, a proud Gold Star Sister of Keith Allen Campbell, who was killed in 1967 while serving with the 173d Airborne Brigade. She recalled several stories of how terribly Vietnam veterans were treated on their return home, and how we, as a nation, should never allow those who serve to be treated this way again.
Vietnam veteran Woody Postle of Dover salutes the American flag prior to ringing the ceremonial bell after the reading of each name on the Vietnam Memorial.
Master of ceremonies and Vietnam veteran David Skocik, left, holds the microphone for Brooke Tucker, 13, of Frederica, who recited the pledge of allegiance at the start of the ceremony.
VVA Chapter 850 member David Dill's granddaughter, Brooke Tucker, 13, of Frederica, concluded the ceremony with an amazing rendition of Taps.
Vietnam veteran Bill Frantz of Dover played "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes after the reading of the names.
From left to right: Staff Sergeant Michael Gills, Private Corde Miller, Staff Sergeant Micah Lutz, First Sergeant William Parker (Retired), and Technical Sergeant Walter Hinds. Photo courtesy of Edwin Andersen.
Robert Gerald Akins (Vietnam Veteran) Air Force Veteran (366th FMS), Da Nang AFB. He was in the active Air Force (USAF) for 4 years (July 1963 to July 1967) Rank was A1C (E-4). Photo courtesy of Edwin Andersen.
Henry Samuel Crumb (Vietnam Veteran) had an Army career which encompassed 24 years 11 months 2 days, about 4 years was Army Reserve. His retired rank was Sergeant First Class (E-7). Photo courtesy of Edwin Andersen.
Ohio Establishes March 30 as
March 30, 2012, was a very satisfying day for Ohio Vietnam veterans, as the Ohio House cleared the last obstacle in establishing March 30 as Vietnam Veterans Day. VVA Director at Large Joseph Jennings and VVA Buckeye State Council President Thomas Burke, along with Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director, Col. Thomas Moe (Ret.), and other Vietnam veterans attended the signing of Emergency Senate Bill 134 into Law by Ohio Governor John Kasich in a ceremony at the Ohio State House.
Photo Credit: Wayne Gregory
West Virginia Declares March 30 Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day
CHARLESTON,W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed House Bill 4493 establishing special memorial observances for military veterans and, by proclamation, declared March 30 as Vietnam Veteran Recognition Day.
"It is our responsibility to honor these men and women," said West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance (WVDVA) Cabinet Secretary Keith Gwinn, "and I encourage everyone to take a moment on Vietnam Veteran Recognition Day to reflect on the courage and valor of all who served."
David Simmons, President, Vietnam Veterans of America West Virginia State Council recieves proclamation from Governor Tomblin
News From Buffalo, NY
A huge success! There was standing room only crowds: This means I got a standing ovation right. The Buffalo Newspaper story was top on front page!! hundreds at both VA medical centers and 10-30 veterans signing up for a first time agent orange screening , with several signing with VA for first time.
New director Brian Stiller told me it was the largest gathering of Vietnam Veterans he has ever seen. Event was a big boost for both VA and VVA VA had special pins made and ran out. they really underestimated the interest of Vietnam veterans .
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Chapter 1047 Harrison, MI
VVA Chapter 1047 held a "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" on March 30 in Harrison Michigan, In spite of the snow, we had a good turnout. Speakers included Stacy Stocking, the Mayor of Harrison; VVA Michigan State Council President John Riling; VFW Commander Carl Langsburg; and VVA Chapter 1047 President Joseph Prato.
Some 300 were in attendance not counting 105 3rd graders from the Elementary school in Harrison. after the ceremony, a lunch was held at American Legion Post 404 in Harrison. We are grateful to our local sponsors, who contributed to making this a wonderful and well-deserved day.
Joe Prato and Ken Spegel Welcome Home Vets
BobWarner and Duran Place Ribbons
Chapter 1047 members
VVA Chapter 1047 President Joe Prato
Alabama Vietnam War Memorial