11-04-16 Vietnam Veterans Honored by Weld County Commissioners…



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WELD COUNTY, CO – Yesterday, November 9th, the Weld County Board of Commissioners (along with the Weld County Department of Veterans Services) officially welcomed home and honored Vietnam veterans with a pinning ceremony. The ceremony recognized these veterans in light of Veteran’s Day, but also intended to offer them the welcome back they did not receive upon their return from the war. Over 30 veterans attended, each was individually recognized and thanked by all five commissioners, and each received both county and federal proclamations of appreciation and pins.

Weld County partnered with the federal Vietnam War Commemoration program for this event, a program which will be in effect from 2012-2025. This lengthy commemoration is in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and is intended to pay tribute to the veterans who served from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. The program relies on partners like Weld County to bring commemoration events to towns across the country and to honor and thank as many veterans as possible. Veterans attending these events receive federal recognition in the form of a lapel pin and proclamation of appreciation.

“It is a privilege to officially welcome home our Vietnam veterans,” Said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman. “My fellow commissioners and I are extremely moved to be given this honor, and to personally thank these veterans.”

The veterans honored include: Raymond Patch, Gene Burke, Korwin Johnson, Jerry Snyder, Frank Garcia, Ed Rossi, Wayne Scott Doyle, Bruce B. White, Thomas Feldhouse, Adolpho Garcia Diaz, Lyle Achzinger, Ron Britton, Rodney Cole, Gary Peters, Larry VanEgdom, Robert McLaughlin, Stanley Graffis, Bill Sullivan, Jack Zimbelman, George Tendick, Gary A. Cyr, Sr., Stan Cass, Cecily Cass, John Natividid, Robb Cassedy, Harry Golden, Fred Criger, Michel Blum, Art Nolin, and George Kreiling. In some cases, family members accepted pins and proclamations of appreciation in place of those who were not able to attend.

“We are proud of the efforts made by our Veterans Services team to bring this event to Weld,” said Barbara Kirkmeyer, commissioner coordinator for the Department of Veterans Services. “Recognizing our military heroes has and will always be one of our most sacred and important duties.”

The Weld County Board of Commissioners will hold another Vietnam veteran pinning ceremony in the spring, to honor veterans who were unable to attend this week’s event. For more information, or to find out more about our Department of Veterans Services, go to: http://www.co.weld.co.us/Departments/VeteransServices/

To learn more about this Commemoration program, please visit www.vietnamwar50th.com.


wcc-veterans-day-vietnam-pinning-110916NOVEMBER 4, 2016 – WELD COUNTY, CO – As Veterans Day nears, and we honor the men and women who served our country through the U.S. Armed Forces, the Weld County Board of Commissioners will take time during their November 9th board meeting to honor veterans of the Vietnam War through a program initiated by The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

Earlier this fall, the Weld County Department of Veterans Services learned of the national program aimed at recognizing those who served active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975.

According to the national organization’s web site, www.vietnamwar50th.com, one of the program’s goals is “To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war, or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.”

During the November 9th meeting, veterans who served during the Vietnam War, and their families, will be honored through a pinning ceremony, where the Board of County Commissioners will present each veteran or their family with a lapel pin as a symbol of appreciation by the U.S. Government for their service.

“The county commissioners are proud to participate in this national program and to personally thank these veterans who gave so much to this country,” said Commissioner Chairman Mike Freeman.

The county’s Department of Veterans Services will be reaching out to Weld County Vietnam Veterans and personally inviting them to the November 9th meeting. The County Commissioners also request that if you live in Weld County and are a veteran of the Vietnam War to please contact the Veterans Services Office at 970-400- 3444, to ensure you are included in this ceremony.

“We would like to include as many Vietnam Veterans as we can on the 9th,” said Freeman. “These men and women never received a proper ‘Welcome Home,’ and we want to correct that. We want to publically welcome them home, recognize their dedication to this country and express our gratitude for their service.”

To learn more about the Weld County Department of Veterans Services and the great work they do, please visit www.weldgov.com and click on Veterans Services under the department tab.

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