On March 29th, Michigan will have many events to celebrate National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Washtenaw Community College in the Ann Arbor Township will host a free Veteran Entrepreneurship & Employment Expo from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A Vietnam Veterans Day Flag Raising will take place at the Branch County Courthouse in Coldwater from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. which includes a short program and presentation of lapel pins to Vietnam veterans.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 in Clinton Township will provide food to members and friends at the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day event from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Head to Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta at 11:00 a.m. for a Vietnam Commemorate Ceremony which includes a wreath laying and presentation of lapel pins to recognize and honor Vietnam veterans and their families.
Thank a Vietnam veteran for their service to our nation and pay respects to the Michigan Vietnam Traveling Wall at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy the Vietnam Era Veterans Commemoration Exhibit at the VA Ann Arbor Medical Center, VA Flint Community Based Outpatient Clinic and the VA Jackson Community Based Outpatient Clinic from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The free events are open to the public and will feature table displays about the history of the Vietnam War as well as include Vietnam Veteran Commemorative Lapel Pins. The Commemoration honors all U.S. veterans who served on active duty from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location.
Michigan is home to about 217,000 surviving Vietnam veterans which represents 36 percent of the state’s veteran population.
According to the latest available data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans of the Vietnam War currently represent the largest group of surviving veterans from any service period.
This national salute is part of a 13-year commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War that began in 2012.
The Michigan Veterans Resource Service Center, at 1-800-MICH-VET, is available 24/7 to help veterans connect with benefits as well as address any other issues facing veterans and their families.