|Congressman Ed Perlmutter is hosting three Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremonies to honor Vietnam-era Veterans in Colorado who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces any time between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, regardless of location. At the ceremonies, each Veteran will receive the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to honor and recognize their service to the U.S. Lapel pins can be awarded posthumously. These events will coincide with Vietnam Veterans Day which is celebrated annually on March 29.
The three ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, March 24; Friday, April 7; and Wednesday, April 12. Each ceremony will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Community Room at Red Rocks Community College. If you are unsure which ceremony you should attend, please contact our office at (303) 274-7944 and ask to speak with Hannah Mullen or Kathryn Wirkus.
Due to the overwhelming response and limited capacity, we are only able to host three commemoration ceremonies at this time. If you are interested in learning about a future ceremony, please fill out this interest form or call our office at (303) 274-7944. In addition, please visit the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration website at www.vietnamwar50th.com to see other events in the community. Just click on the Commemorative Events tab on the homepage and select the city, zip or state to see all upcoming events across Colorado.
The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War to honor Veterans of the Vietnam War and to highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. In 2007, the 110th Congress incorporated language in H.R. 4986 authorizing the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration began with the Presidential inaugural event at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, and concludes on Veterans Day, November 11, 2025, by Presidential Proclamation.
For the purposes of this Commemoration, November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 is the time period recognized to honor the service and sacrifice of those who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. November 1, 1955 was selected to coincide with the official designation of Military Assistance Advisory Group-Vietnam (MAAG-V). May 15, 1975 marks the end of the battle precipitated by the seizure of the SS Mayaguez. U.S. involvement in Vietnam started slowly with an initial deployment of advisors in the early 1950s, grew incrementally through the early 1960s, and expanded with the deployment of full combat units in July 1965. The last U.S. personnel were evacuated from Vietnam in April 1975.
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that today there are 7 million living Vietnam Veterans and 9 million families of those who served in this time frame. The Commemoration does not distinguish between Veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period.