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First of Eight Ceremonies Held to Honor Vietnam-era Veterans in Colorado
Lakewood, Colo. – On March 24, 2017, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) – in partnership with Governor Hickenlooper’s office - hosted a Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremony to recognize and honor eligible 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. At the ceremony, each Veteran was awarded a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin and a certificate from Governor Hickenlooper’s office.
“The Lapel Pins symbolize the service and sacrifice of our Vietnam-era Veterans,” said Perlmutter. “Our office is honored to be part of this program and provide the long overdue recognition and “welcome home” these Veterans deserve.”
Over the next several months, seven additional ceremonies will be held to honor nearly 600 Vietnam-era Veterans in Colorado. Each Veteran was asked to submit an application and a DD-214 to verify their service.
“We are honored to partner with Congressman Perlmutter’s office to recognize and honor Vietnam-era Veterans in Colorado,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “These Veterans have waited too long to receive this honor and we thank them for their service to our country.”
Major General Michael Edwards, The Adjutant General of Colorado, Army Brigadier General John Rose from the 50th Commemoration and U.S. Army Captain Michael Schreckengost also participated in the pinning ceremony.
The ceremony is part of a program to commemorate 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. 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.
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. According to the VA, as of 2014, there are more than 127,000 Vietnam-era Veterans living in Colorado. The Commemoration does not distinguish between Veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period.