St. Cloud VA Health Care System
Vietnam Veterans to be recognized at Monticello ceremony
May 30, 2018
A ceremony honoring Vietnam Veterans living in Wright and Sherburne Counties and surrounding areas and a Veterans resource fair are scheduled on June 18 at the Monticello Community Center, Mississippi Room, 505 Walnut Street, in Monticello. The resource fair begins at 4 p.m., and the ceremony starts at 5 p.m.
“We have the opportunity to do what should have been done 50 years ago: welcome our Vietnam Veterans home with honor, and thank them and their families for their service and sacrifice,” said St. Cloud VA Health Care System Director Stephen Black.
The St. Cloud VA is one of more than 11,000 commemorative partners in the ongoing national Vietnam War Commemoration, and is committed to publicly thanking and honoring Vietnam Veterans and their families.
“According to the website of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration, the nation is losing over 500 of our Vietnam Veterans per day so it’s imperative that we thank and honor them while we can,” Black added.
Veterans of all eras of service, family members, friends and the public are invited to attend the ceremony.
A Veterans resource fair featuring county, state, and federal Veteran service officers and representatives from St. Cloud VA eligibility, suicide prevention, and caregiver support along with numerous other Veteran resources starts at 4 p.m. and will be available as long as needed following the ceremony. The resource fair is intended for Veterans to learn about the full range of Veteran benefits programs and how to access them.
About the Vietnam War Commemoration:
Authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense, and launched by the President in May 2012, the Vietnam War Commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. Nine million Americans, approximately 7 million living today, served during that period, and the Commemoration makes no distinction between Veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during that period. All answered the call of duty.
By presidential proclamation issued on May 25, 2012, the Commemoration extends from its inaugural event on Memorial Day 2012 through Veterans Day 2025.
To learn more about the Vietnam War Commemoration, go to: www.vietnamwar50th.com