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Vietnam veteran pinning ceremony announced


News Staff - March 19, 2018

STURGIS, SD - A Vietnam War 50th Anniversary commemoration ceremony to thank and honor Veterans of the Vietnam War is set for Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Black Hills National Cemetery near here.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Black Hills National Cemetery and VA Black Hills Health Care System will honor the service, sacrifice, and enduring achievements of the Armed Forces during the Viet Nam War with a pinning ceremony beginning at 9:00 a.m.  

Adriene Benton, director of the Black Hills National Cemetery will be the keynote speaker.  She has a decorated military career in which she served in the Air Force for 30 years with assignments at 11 installations throughout the United States and overseas,.

She has received the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, as well as the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal. She was recognized as First Sergeant of the Year on four separate occasions. She deployed to Iraq and Qatar in support of contingency operations. 

The lapel pins will be presented in a dignified manner to each Vietnam veteran during the ceremony, and include accompanying remarks to reflect the nation’s thanks for their service and sacrifice.

Living United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive the commemorative lapel pin.

The symbolism of the pin pictured here includes, Eagle: The eagle represents courage, honor, and dedicated service to our nation.  As one of the most recognizable and notable American symbols, it is emblazoned with distinction on numerous military insignia; Blue Circle: The color blue matches the canton of the American flag and signifies vigilance perseverance, and justice  The circle shape and blue color also match the official seal of the Commemoration; Laurel Wreath: A time-honored symbol representing victory, integrity and strength; Stripes: The stripes behind the eagle represent the American flag; Stars: The six stars represent the six allies who served, sacrifices, and fought alongside one another, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, and the United States; Message: “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You” is embossed on the back, closest to the heart of the wearer.



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