Vietnam era veterans receive commemoration pins

On July 25, 15 veterans, mostly Vietnam Era, met at the American Legion Post 7 building to receive pins to commemorate their participation and active duty service in the military during the period of 11/01/1955 to 5/15/1975.

This period, considered the Vietnam War Era, is being celebrated as part of the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

The commemoration goes from May 28, 2012 through Nov. 11, 2025.

Set up through the Department of Defense, the pins are given out to those who served between the above dates. The DOD has partnered with thousands of organizations to help distribute and present the pins. Henry Kirby from the Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home Tour was on hand to help give out the pins.

Guests at the program were Mayor Jo Dan Yee, who presented the pins to the eligible veterans and pinned them on their lapels and Margie Smith of Lake Village. Smith was given a pin in memory of her son, James C. Smith, lcpl, USMC. He was killed in action on April 26, 1968.

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