Reminder: Kowall and Hopgood honoring Vietnam era veterans at Romulus event

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood on Wednesday reminded interested parties of a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony this Saturday, Oct. 8 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Hopgood, D-Taylor, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Romulus to give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. They encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them in paying tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Romulus VFW Post 9568, 39270 W. Huron River Drive, in Romulus.

Those interested in attending should RVSP to past Post Commander Ron Allen at

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.

During the ceremony, Donna Rekuta will perform the national anthem and God Bless America, and Romulus VFW Post 9568 Honor Guard will present the colors. The Romulus Auxiliary will provide snacks.

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.

The Commemoration was authorized by Congress and established under the secretary of defense, 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 that thank and honor the veterans and their families.

More information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at