Veteran Appreciation

Angie Holland/The HeraldLero VerBeek, U.S. Army veteran, receives a pin and certificate during a commemoration for Vietnam veterans on Sunday.

OSKALOOSA — Local Vietnam veterans were recognized and offered a welcome many never received when they returned home from their service.

Kim Dixon, regent of the Oskaloosa chapter of the national society Daughters of the American Revolution, welcomed the attendees.

“I want to thank everyone here for attending today. I especially would like to thank all veterans for their sacrifice and service to our country,” she said. “We are here today as part of the Vietnam War 50th commemoration. The Oskaloosa chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is a commemorative partner which allows us to organize these commemorations on behalf of the department of defense.”

On Sunday, March 31, veterans, spouses of deceased veterans and immediate family members of those killed or missing in action or prisoners of war were recognized.

Dixon said the primary objective of the commemoration was to thank the Vietnam veterans and their families for their service.

“The commemoration was launched with a presidential proclamation in 2012 and runs through Veteran’s Day 2025 as directed by the 2017 presidential proclamation,” she said. “The commemoration recognizes all who served in active duty in the United States Armed Forces at any time during the period of Nov. 1, 1955 through May 15, 1975, regardless of their duty location.”

Dixon said no distinction is made between veterans who served in-country, in-theater or stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam war period.

“All were called to serve,” she said, “and none consulted to where they were to be stationed.”

Veterans were given a medallion and certificate of appreciation from the Daughters of the American revolution.

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