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Dyess recognizes Vietnam veterans

Dyess recognizes Vietnam veterans

Dyess Air Force Base leadership recognized Vietnam veterans for their service at a pinning ceremony sponsored by the Dyess AFB commissary and base exchange at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 29, 2018. The annual event, partnered with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, serves to recognize all veterans who served during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebecca Van Syoc)

Dyess recognizes Vietnam veterans

U.S. Air Force Col. Brandon Parker, right, 7th Bomb Wing commander, helps cut the cake with a local Vietnam veteran at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 29, 2018. The event was sponsored by the Dyess AFB commissary and base exchange in partnership with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebecca Van Syoc)

Dyess recognizes Vietnam veterans

Teresita Williams, left, Dyess Air Force Base base exchange general manager, and Col. Kevin Johnson, 7th Mission Support Group commander, cut the cake during a ceremony recognizing Vietnam veterans at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 29, 2018. The ceremony was sponsored by The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration in partnership with the Dyess AFB commissary and base exchange, which serves to properly recognize Vietnam veterans every year on March 29. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebecca Van Syoc)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Dyess Air Force Base leadership presented lapel pins to more than 20 Vietnam veterans March 29, 2018 at the Dyess Air Force Base commissary and base Exchange in partnership with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

The Vietnam War Commemoration, founded by Presidential Proclamation in 2012, is a commemorative program honoring the service, contributions and sacrifices made by veterans of the Vietnam War.

“This is a great way to pay tribute and honor those who came before us,” said Col. Kevin Johnson, 7th Mission Support Group commander. “They should be recognized for their sacrifices and dedication.”

All Vietnam-era veterans who served from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, were invited to attend the event and receive a lapel pin as part of the ceremony.

“This event allows us to properly honor our veterans,” said Garry Warrix, Dyess Commissary officer. “Almost three-fourths of our shoppers are veterans, some from the Vietnam War, and they deserve to be given the proper recognition.”

The War Commemoration began with the implementation of the Presidential inaugural event at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. It began on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, and concludes on Veterans Day, November 11, 2025, by Presidential Proclamation.