Exchange honors Vietnam Veterans with commemorative pins

U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Command Sgt. Maj. Mariano Alvarez pins Vietnam Veterans during the recognition ceremony, March 29, 2018 at the Panzer Exchange. Photo by Debra Peake.

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

In partnership with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service honored all who served during the Vietnam War with commemorative lapel pins on National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29 at the Panzer Main Exchange, marking the war’s 50th anniversary.

Vietnam-era Veterans who served on active duty between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, were invited to visit the Main Exchange to receive their United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.

“The EUCOM Exchange is privileged to partner with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration to offer this token of our Nation’s appreciation to those who served during the Vietnam War,” said Exchange General Manager – Mike Ryan. “Too few of those who served during Vietnam received the homecoming their distinguished service deserved. We are truly honored to be a part of this commemoration and to do our part to honor the distinguished service of our Vietnam Veterans.”

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration is a program administered by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The U.S. began commemoration of the Vietnam War’s 50th anniversary in 2012 and will continue through Veterans Day 2025.

The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize Vietnam Veterans and their families for service, valor and sacrifice in conjunction with the commemoration.

Veterans unable to attend the event can visit http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/events/ to find an upcoming event, or find a local Commemorative Partner at http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/partners/partner_map/. Veterans can also contact the Commemoration office at 877-387-9951 or Email: whs.vnwar50th@mail.mil.

For more information, contact the Panzer Main Exchange at 07031-2042-100.

Vietnam-era Veterans pose for a group photo after receiving commemorative lapel pins on National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29, 2018 at the Panzer Main Exchange, marking the war’s 50th anniversary. Photo by Debra Peake.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, USAG Stuttgart and Vietnam Veterans cut the cake at the Vietnam War Commemoration pinning ceremony, March 29, 2018 at the Panzer Main Exchange. Photo by Debra Peake.