Still Time to Sign Up for Local Ceremony Honoring Vietnam Veterans

Staff Report From Athens CEO

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

There is still time for Vietnam veterans in Greene and the surrounding counties to sign up for an upcoming Vietnam Veterans Honors Ceremony taking place Thursday evening, August 8, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Fellowship (1971 South Main Street,30642) in Greensboro.  The deadline to sign up is 5:00 P.M., Thursday, August 1st (08/01/19).

Vietnam veterans who have not signed up, but are still interested in attending the ceremony to be personally recognized, can contact the GDVS Central Office via email at bzeringue@vs.state.ga.us or fax their DD Form 214 with their contact information (phone number and mailing address) marked “Greensboro Certificates” to 404-656-7006.  For more information call Brian Zeringue, GDVS Public Information Director, at 404-656-5933.

The ceremony is open to all veterans with honorable service during the Vietnam War (from June 1, 1954 to May 15, 1975; dates officially recognized by the Department of Defense).  This includes veterans with service in-country and those assigned in other military capacities elsewhere.

Congressman Jody B. Hice (GA-District 10) will present the Defense Department Commemoration’s Vietnam War Veteran Lapel Pin to each veteran. GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby will present the state’s Vietnam War Certificate of Honor.

Each certificate is personalized with the Vietnam War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, and 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 Governor Brian Kemp and Commissioner Roby.

This patriotic program will include musical videos and video narrations honoring the service of Vietnam veterans and their families.

Veterans who have already received certificates but have not received their Vietnam lapel pins from the Department of Defense are also encouraged to attend.  They are asked to bring their State Certificate of Honor to the ceremony for a public presentation and to receive the Defense Department Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.