Holley – Riddle Post 21 of The Colony, Texas, became a United States Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner this year to show our Vietnam War-era veterans that we hold their service and sacrifice in the highest regard.
Post 21 held a Vietnam War Era Recognition Breakfast for about 70 people on April 2. The program and setting was first-class. Our color guard kicked off the event with the presentation of the colors. A POW/MIA Table was a focal point in a place of honor surrounded by the flags of all six services, a moving tribute to their sacrifice and the continued search to bring every servicemember home.
Twenty-nine Vietnam War-era veterans and four surviving spouses from Post 21 and the community were honored with certificates and lapel pins, each one called up individually before a grateful audience. It was important to hold the ceremony in this way so the honorees could feel the appreciation not just from fellow veterans, but also from their families, friends and dignitaries from The Colony. Mayor Richard Boyer presented a proclamation declaring the day Vietnam War Veterans Day in The Colony.
Guest speaker Lt. Col. Robert Spooner entertained everyone with his story of enlisting into the U.S. Marine Corps after high school, and eventually retiring from the Corps as a lieutenant colonel and fighter pilot with over 300 combat missions flown over Vietnam and Laos.
Post 21 Commander Mary Garcia ended the ceremony with a parting message to the honorees: “We may not be able to change history, but may you know that your brothers and sisters who have worn the uniform embrace you, honor you and salute your service. May you feel that you are HOME at Post 21 and in your community.” At the end, a group photo was taken as all honorees joined together as brothers, sisters and spouses united by the common bond of service before self.
This event was a great success because of the outstanding support and team work of Post 21, Squadron 21 (Sons of The American Legion) and their families.