Zorn to honor Vietnam era veterans after Wreaths Across America event in Monroe

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Dale Zorn will be hosting a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 17 immediately following the Wreaths Across America event in Monroe.

“Michigan’s Vietnam veterans served our country with honor, yet they were often forgotten when they returned home and received little or no thanks for their service,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This lapel-pinning ceremony is the latest in a series of emotional events to give long-overdue recognition to the Vietnam War era veterans and their families on behalf of a grateful nation.”

The Wreaths Across America event will start at noon at Monroe Veterans Park, located at 1599 North Custer Road in Monroe. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 11:30 a.m.

The ceremony will begin with a moment of silence, followed by an invocation and several acknowledgements and readings. The Cadet Honor Detail will place the wreaths, which will be followed by a VFW Honor Guard 21-gun salute and Taps. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of wreaths will be placed by military and civilian organizations at cemeteries, memorials and monuments across the nation.

The lapel pinning for Vietnam Era veterans by Zorn will follow the benediction at 12:30 p.m.

“I invite all interested residents and veterans to come out for the wonderful Wreaths Across America tribute and to stay and join us as we recognize the service and sacrifice of our Vietnam veterans,” Zorn said. “In commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War, this lapel pin ceremony is designed to honor all our Vietnam era veterans, whether they served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the war.”

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.