Thank You Veterans

A Certificate of Honor & Lapel Pin Ceremony hosted by the John Houstoun Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church of Thomaston, according to a press release from DAR. The Upson Beacon has been notified that Governor Brian Kemp will no longer be able to attend the ceremony.

In conjunction with the event, the Vietnam War Traveling Wall will be displayed outside the church for anyone to view, take photos, and search for names.

First Baptist is located at 208 South Church Street in Thomaston.

“It is never too late to say, ‘Thank you’ for serving in the military,” the release stated. “The Vietnam War veterans never received that - no simple acknowledgment of their personal sacrifice for military service to our country during the Vietnam War.”

In conjunction with the Defense Department’s ongoing 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, in partnership with the office of Gov. Brian Kemp, has created the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program for the veterans. The ceremony will involve presentation of the Defense Department’s Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Lapel Pin and the State Certificate of Honor.

Every veteran with honorable military service during the Vietnam War (Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975), regardless of location, is eligible to receive the certificate and lapel pin (includes veterans with service in-country or elsewhere and those who served in other capacities).

Each certificate is personalized with the Vietnam War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, dates of service printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia, and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo. They are signed by Gov. Kemp and GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby.

Veterans wishing to participate are asked to provide their name, rank, branch of service, dates of service, phone number, and email address to L. Hallman, DAR at Deadline to register is Tuesday, Aug. 24. For more information, please call 706-647-9145.

The traveling wall is presented courtesy of and in collaboration with Charles Ledford, American Legion Post College Park, U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran; the Nathaniel Macon DAR Chapter, past regent Sandra Darby; and John Houstoun DAR Chapter, regent Linda Hallman.

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