Sens. Zorn and Kowall sponsoring June 20 event honoring Vietnam era veterans

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LANSING, Mich.Sen. Dale Zorn and Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall are reminding area residents that they are sponsoring a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony on Monday, June 20 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War.

“After hosting two previous events to give long-overdue recognition to the Vietnam War era veterans for their service, Senator Kowall and I are proudly holding another ceremony on Monday,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I invite all interested residents and veterans to join us as we pay tribute to Michigan’s Vietnam veterans — who served our country with honor, yet were often forgotten when they returned home.”

The event will take place at the Vietnam Memorial located in Monument Park, 436 E. Maumee St., in Adrian on Monday, June 20 at 11 a.m.

There is no seating at Monument Park. The ceremony is expected to be short, but anyone who is unable to stand for more than a few minutes is encouraged to bring a chair.

“It has been an honor throughout my career to work and participate with our veterans, especially on the Vietnam Veterans Museum and the Memorial Park projects in Monroe,” Zorn said.

If weather does not permit, the ceremony will take place the same day and time at the Adrian VFW Post 1584 at 726 N. Main St. in Adrian. A light lunch will be held by the post following the ceremony.

“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 on behalf of a grateful nation and the Michigan Legislature.”

The ceremony is made possible by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. Kowall said the symbolism attached to the lapel pin is significant.

“The Commemoration honors all Vietnam veterans, whether they served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period,” Kowall said. “All were called to serve and the overwhelming majority of these veterans served honorably and admirably.”