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Georgia salutes its Vietnam veterans at Aug. 24 ceremony

It is never too late to say “thank you” for serving in the military. The Vietnam veterans never received that. There was no acknowledgment of their personal sacrifice for military service to our country during the Vietnam War. They were vilified for serving.

Georgia’s Vietnam veterans will be honored at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 during a certificate of honor and lapel pin ceremony in the Main Hall of the Chattahoochee Technical College. The event will be hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5262 – Canton, American Legion Posts of Ga. District 9 and Marine Corps League Detachments of Central North Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service began the Vietnam Veterans Honors Ceremony in spring 2015 as part of the Defense Department’s ongoing Vietnam War 50th anniversary commemoration program and on behalf of the governor’s office. This event involves the presentation of the Defense Department’s Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Lapel Pin and the State (Vietnam Veteran) Certificate of Honor.

Every Georgia veteran with honorable military service during the Vietnam War (June 1, 1954 to May 15, 1975) is eligible to receive this certificate and lapel pin (This includes veterans with service in-country and those who served in other capacities). 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. The certificate is signed by Governor Brian Kemp and GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby. Chattahoochee Technical College, Main Hall 100 Campus Drive, Jasper.

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