REMINDER: Kowall and Booher honoring Vietnam era veterans during West Branch event

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Darwin Booher on Thursday reminded interested parties of a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony being held on Friday, July 22 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

The senators are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” to give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. Both Kowall, R-White Lake, and Booher, R-Evart, will present lapel pins.

The lawmakers 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.

Kowall said the lapel-pinning ceremony will be part of Ogemaw Hills Bike Week and is made possible, in part, by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration (VWC). The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 22, in the grandstands of the Ogemaw County Fairgrounds, 2300 Rifle River Trail, in West Branch.

The senators will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to any U.S. veteran who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location. The symbolism attached to the lapel pin is significant, Kowall said.

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. Recognition is given to these heroes when commemorative partners, such as Kowall, hold events that thank and honor the veterans and their families.

Further information about the event can be found at, and information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at