LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Dave Robertson on Monday reminded interested parties of a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony this Friday, Sept. 16 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.
Kowall, R-White Lake, and Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Holly to give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. They encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them to pay tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home. U.S. Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) will join Kowall and Robertson.
Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration (VWC), will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Holly Area Veterans Resource Center (HAVRC) in the Karl Richter Community Center, 300 East St., in Holly. For more information, contact HAVRC Chairman Joe Mishler at 810-348-9960 or JMM1967@comcast.net.
The lawmakers will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location. Speakers will include Tim Driscoll of the Michigan Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) State Council, Steve Toth of VVA Chapter 133 and Ina Golden of the U.S. Navy and the Holly Area Veterans Resource Center.
The event also will include Veterans of Foreign Wars State Chaplain Jennifer Smith and the Holly High School Main Street Show Choir. The American Legion Post 149 Color Guard will present the colors.
Kowall has held numerous lapel-pinning ceremonies, both in Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.
Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.