Honoring Vietnam veterans

Bristol, CT

On March 29, some local Vietnam veterans and their spouses were honored at the Vietnam War Veteran Day event. The event was held at American Legion Post 165 in Wolcott, Conn. The Vietnam veterans were not only from Wolcott, but seven present were from American Legion Post 2 in Bristol.
Post 165 partnered with the local Katherine Gaylord Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the chapter being an official partner of the Department of Defense 50th Vietnam War Commemoration Program who were able to hold a DoD ceremony.
The morning began with a breakfast partnered with the Patriot’s Day Initiative, funded by local businesses. This was followed by an award ceremony.
A proclamation from the town of Wolcott was given to the Vietnam veterans. The mayor of Wolcott was unable to attend, thus it was read and presented by Miss Wolcott.
The Vietnam veterans who attended were honored with a certificate from the DAR and a DoD Vietnam Pin. The certificates and pins were presented to the veterans by members of the organizations that made donations to make this event happen.
A number of special presentations were also awarded - the first to a Gold Star Mother in honor of her son, second being the wife of the former mayor of Bristol; she received the awards for her husband. This was followed by two other spouses receiving honors in place of their husbands who have passed. Last was the director for the Veterans Strong Community Center, who received honors for her father, a Vietnam veteran.

Plans are in the works for a Vietnam Spouses Recognition Day at the Bristol Public Library on May 13.

Certificates presented to the veterans.

Breakfast for veterans and families.

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