LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall on Thursday announced that he is sponsoring a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony on Sunday, May 29 — Memorial Day weekend — in Homer in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War.
A representative from Kowall’s office will attend the event and conduct the ceremony. Kowall is encouraging his constituents and all interested Michiganders to attend.
“Michigan’s Vietnam veterans, whether drafted or enlisted, served our country with honor. Tragically, too many returned home with little thanks for their service and not much help transitioning to civilian life,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “This lapel-pinning ceremony is a way to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War era and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation and the Michigan Legislature.”
Kowall said the event, made possible by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, at the Lighthouse Village RV Park, 1001 24 Mile Road, in Homer.
The symbolism attached to the Commemoration’s Vietnam veteran lapel pins is significant, Kowall said.
“The Commemoration honors all Vietnam veterans, whether they served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period,” he said. “All were called to serve and the overwhelming majority of these veterans served honorably and admirably.”
In addition to the lapel pin, Vietnam era veterans will be provided with “A Grateful Nation Thanks You” bumper stickers.
Kowall has held numerous lapel-pinning ceremonies, both in Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are often held in a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall or American Legion post. Kowall partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.