**Save the Date** Sens. Zorn and Kowall announce June 20 event honoring Vietnam era veterans

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Dale Zorn and Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall have announced that they are sponsoring a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony on Monday, June 20 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. “Senator Kowall and I already hosted two emotional events to give long-overdue recognition to the Vietnam War era veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. I am proud to announce we will be holding another ceremony, and I invite all interested residents and veterans to join us.”

The event will take place at the Vietnam Memorial located in Monument Park, 436 E. Maumee St., in Adrian on Monday, June 20 at 11 a.m.

“It has been an honor throughout my career to work and participate with our vets, especially on the Vietnam Veterans Museum and the Memorial Park projects in Monroe,” Zorn said.

If weather does not permit, the ceremony will take place the same day and time at the Adrian VFW Post 1584 at 726 N. Main St., in Adrian. A light lunch will be held by the post following the ceremony.

“Michigan’s Vietnam veterans, whether drafted or enlisted, served our country with honor. Tragically, too many returned home with little thanks for their service and not much help transitioning to civilian life,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “This lapel-pinning ceremony is a way to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War era and their families on behalf of a grateful nation and the Michigan Legislature.”

The ceremony is made possible by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. Kowall said the symbolism attached to the lapel pin is significant.

“The Commemoration honors all Vietnam veterans, whether they served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period,” Kowall said. “All were called to serve and the overwhelming majority of these veterans served honorably and admirably.”