LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn and Congressman Tim Walberg on Wednesday announced they will be co-hosting a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony during the Monroe County Fair in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War.
“Michigan’s Vietnam veterans served our country with honor, yet they were often forgotten when they returned home,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I have already hosted several emotional events to give long-overdue recognition to the Vietnam War era veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. Due to the overwhelming response to previous ceremonies, Congressman Walberg and I are happy hold another event at the fair during its annual Veterans’ Day program. I invite all interested residents and veterans to join us.”
The event will take place at the band shell at the Monroe County Fair, 3775 S. Custer Road, in Monroe on Monday, Aug. 1 at 3 p.m. There will be a small parade around the fairgrounds at 2:30 p.m. and the annual program will start at 3 p.m. The lapel-pinning ceremony will take place during the program.
Aug. 1 is Veterans’ Day at the fair, so all veterans will get into the fair for free until 6 p.m.
“We are forever indebted to those who answered America’s call and dutifully served our country during the Vietnam War,” said Walberg, R-Tipton. “It is an honor to participate in this pinning ceremony as we offer local veterans the recognition and respect that has been so deeply earned. After fifty years, this tribute is long overdue.”
A Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin will be provided to any U.S. veteran who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location.
The ceremony is made possible by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. Information regarding the commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.