Kowall presents Certificates of Honor, lapel pins to surviving Vietnam War family members

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall on Thursday presented Certificates of Honor and awarded lapel pins to several immediate family members of Vietnam Veterans killed during the war.

“To pay tribute to the loved ones of those who gave their lives in the Vietnam War in service to their country is a humbling experience and a privilege,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “We should all be grateful for their sacrifice. This recognition is long overdue.”

Kowall honored family members of Marine Lance Cpl. Roman Rodriguez and Army Spc. 4 Lloyd Slack.

Rodriguez, of Flint, was 18 years old when he was killed in action in Vietnam on Feb. 15, 1970. Kowall honored Rodriguez’s immediate family members, including his widow, Judy Rodriguez Haller; his daughter, Angela Rodriguez; and his mother, Trinidad Martin.

Grand Rapids native Slack was killed in action in Vietnam on Dec. 14, 1967. He was 23. Kowall honored Slack’s mother, Lola Slack; his nieces, Linda and Wanda Fisher; and his nephew, Michael Fisher.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration (VWC) established the Certificate of Honor Program to honor the unique service and sacrifice of veterans and their families.

The Commemoration was authorized by Congress and established under the secretary of defense, and then formally 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. Recognition is given to these heroes when commemorative partners, such as Kowall, hold events for the veterans and their families.

More information regarding the VWC can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

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