More than 200 veterans attend Vietnam era pinning celebration

Originally published in the News Herald

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9283 in Southgate hosted a pinning ceremony for Vietnam-era veterans and their families Aug. 13. More than 200 families showed up for the service.

The event, was officially called “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families,” was sponsored by state Senate Majority leader Mike Kowall (R-White Lake).

“It was humbling to have the distinct honor to  recognize and thank the Vietnam veterans and their families on behalf of our nation,” Kowall said.  “The post commander, auxiliary members, and the veterans present were very gracious and welcoming.  I enjoyed seeing Mayor Joseph Kuspa pay tribute to the Vietnam veterans in his community”.

Kowal has been hosting similar events across the state in recent months.

“It is always a moving time for me when I am able to present the lapel pins and personally thank each veteran for their service,” Kowall said.

VFW Post 9283 Commander Bill Ainsworth was also happy to be honoring so many veterans .

“As I looked across the crowd and saw 200 veterans waiting to get recognition after 50 years, it made me feel proud to be an American.   The veterans who attended were not only there for themselves, but for the 58,000 who never came home and the thousands buried across the nation who didn’t live to see the day”.

The U.S. involvement in Vietnam stretched from November 1955 to April 1975.

Kowell said the event will be geared toward giving veterans from that era “long-overdue” recognition for their service to the country.

The commemoration was authorized by Congress and established under the secretary of defense and launched in 2012. It was designed to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families in hometown America, in light of the 50th anniversary of the war.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.