Updated: Jun 1, 2019
May 22, 2019, Lady Lake, Florida, USA.
The volunteer members of the local Marine Corps League, Detachment 1267, Col. Phillip C DeLong, and members of the Vietnam War Commemoration Partner Committee, assembled at the Water Oaks Country Club Estates, in Lady Lake Florida. Their purpose: To present honors to members of the Water Oaks Veterans Club, and in accordance with Public Law 110-181 SEC.598: award the "Congressionally authorized" "Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin", to those veterans who served in the military during the Vietnam War. Also recognized were "Surviving Spouses" of veterans who served during the Vietnam War.
The ceremony began with the presentation of Colors, and the Pledge of Allegiance, by members of the MCL Det 1267 Color Guard.
Upon retirement of the Color Guard, the Surviving Spouses were escorted to center stage, where they were honored and thanked for their efforts and support of their spouses who served during the Vietnam War.
The Partner Committee then proceeded to honor a total of 40 veterans who served between 1 November 1955-15 May 1975 regardless of location of service. and served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period.
Lou Calleja reads certificate to Surviving Spouse, Bonnie Jones
Bonnie Jone, was presented with a "Certificate of Honor"and a "Deceased Vietnam Veteran's Surviving Spouse" lapel pin, in recognition of her husbands faithful service during the Vietnam War.
This event was very successful in bring awareness of the Vietnam War Commemoration program and honor veterans unable to get around on their own. All qualified veterans in attendance were presented with a pin and the Presidential Proclamation. In attendance were an estimated 50 people, of which the majority were veterans.
For more information on the Vietnam War Commemoration Program, click the following link.