THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
VIETNAM WAR COMMEMORATION
DoD Ofce of CommemorationsDirector
Claude “Mick” KicklighterLt. Gen., U.S. Army (Ret.)
Chief, Strategic Communications
Public Affairs Ofcer
Valerie PalaciosCapt., U.S. ArmyContact us at:1101 Wilson Blvd, Ste., 810Arlington, VA 222091-877-387-9951www.VietnamWar50th.com
SUMMER 2013 COMMEMORATION NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2013
Photo and Story By J.D. Leipold Army News ServiceWASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2013 – Theafternoon in the Pentagon auditorium on
Aug. 28 was a time for reection on a war
that spanned 10 years and cost the coun-try the lives of more than 58,000 youngmen and women. It was also an occasionto honor and thank nine Vietnam War Veterans who’d served a total of 14 toursin-country and 225 years in uniform.
Kicking off the Army’s rst event com
-memorating the 50th anniversary of the
conict, Army Lt. Gen. Raymond V.
Mason, deputy chief of staff for logis-tics, opened the ceremony recalling per-sonal memories as well as his broader experiences as a young American citizen.“I was a young Army brat and it was dif-
cult for me to watch my dad come back
after his third tour in Vietnam and notget treated appropriately, at least in mymind,” Mason said. “I was just a prettyyoung guy at that time, but I could feelthat it wasn’t right. It struck me, and Iknew if I ever had the opportunity tomake that right I would do the best I could.“Today, we are recognizing nine of our patriots and their families who stood up
Take a look at what isgoing on throughout thenation:
Sept. 16-18: Air and Space Con-ference and Technology Exposi-tionSept. 17-22: Society of Air ForceNurses National ConventionSept. 19: Georgia State Gover-nor’s Commemorative Flag andCertificate PresentationSept. 19-21: The Ride Homehonoring all former Prisoners of War and remembering those stillMissing in ActionMore event details on page 3@VietnamWar50th/VietnamWar50th
to the test of their generation and their decade,” he continued. “I think it’s welloverdue. Nothing is more important than
pausing and reecting on the sacrices of
what these great men and women did and those who gave their last full measure.”By Christmas of 1965, nearly 200,000 ser-vicemembers were in Vietnam. At war’send, April 30, 1975, nearly three millionAmericans had been on the ground, in theair and on the rivers of Vietnam. Morethan 58,000 Americans lost their lives.On Memorial Day 2012, a ceremony washeld in Washington, D.C. to symbolizethe beginning of our nation’s attempt toright a wrong that occurred more than50 years ago. It took place at one of the most sacred places on the NationalMall - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial- known to most simply as “The Wall.”The goal is to get more than 10,000 cor- porations, civic groups as well as govern-ment and community organizations to join as partners and help sponsor home-town events to honor Vietnam Veter-ans, their families and those who were prisoners of war and missing in action.
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“Army G-4: Saluting Our Own” Vietnam Veteransat the Pentagon
Lt. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, the Army’s Deputy Chief of Sta, G-4, recognized nine Viet-nam Veterans who currently work in the Army G-4.