By: Megan Way
Congresswoman Susie Lee in partnership with City of Henderson hosted the Vietnam Veterans Lapel Pinning Ceremony at the Henderson City Hall Council Chambers late morning on May 30th. This pinning ceremony is to commemorate our veterans’ brave service and pay tribute to their contributions to protecting our country during the Vietnam War. Each living veteran who served at any time on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, regardless of location, during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 is eligible to receive one Vietnam Veteran Commemorative pin on behalf of a grateful nation at the event.
After brief greetings by Jahaira Farias, Representative of Congresswoman Susie Lee, the Henderson PD Honor Guard presents and posts the colors. Ms. Gayle Steele (also a Vietnam veteran) sang the National Anthem. Keynote speakers include, Mayor March, Congresswoman Susie Lee and Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Dan Peterson, who talked about his time in Vietnam.
Over 40 Vietnam Veterans then lined up across the room read to receive their pins and a Presidential Proclamation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War from Mayor March, Congresswoman Susie Lee and Councilwoman Gerri Schroder. After every veteran’s lapel was pinned and picture was snapped, everyone (including Mayor March) enjoyed a beautiful cake from Freed’s.
By: Megan Way