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Vietnam War Commemoration Summer 2013

Vietnam War Commemoration Summer 2013

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Everyone, please read this and pass this on to anyone who you know was in or loved someone who fought in Vietnam. Try to get people, organizations, businesses involved in the program. Thank you to all who have ever served.
Everyone, please read this and pass this on to anyone who you know was in or loved someone who fought in Vietnam. Try to get people, organizations, businesses involved in the program. Thank you to all who have ever served.

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DoD Ofce of CommemorationsDirector 
Claude “Mick” KicklighterLt. Gen., U.S. Army (Ret.)
Chief, Strategic Communications
MJ Jadick
Public Affairs Ofcer 
Valerie PalaciosCapt., U.S. ArmyContact us at:1101 Wilson Blvd, Ste., 810Arlington, VA 222091-877-387-9951www.VietnamWar50th.com
50th Anniversary 
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 reection 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
conict, 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 reecting on the sacrices o
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 othe 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.
cont’d on next page
“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.
Summer 2013
Page 2 of 5
To date, 4,941 commemorative partnershave signed on, including Army logis-tics, or G-4, which joined this spring.Following Mason’s remarks, ArmyVice Chief of Staff Gen. John F.Campbell thanked him and his teamfor leading the way to celebrate thecontributions of Vietnam Veterans.The son of an Air Force senior master ser-geant, Campbell told of his years grow-ing up on military bases around the world  before attending West Point, and then re-
called his rst interaction with Vietnam
Veterans while a lieutenant in Germany.“Both the battalion commanders wereVietnam Veterans ... all the platoon ser-
geants, all the rst sergeants, all the
company commanders were VietnamVeterans,” Campbell said. The vets,he said, instilled in him their hard-fought lessons learned from Vietnamand wanted to make sure the younglieutenants and soldiers wouldn’tmake the same mistakes they had.Retired Army Lt. Gen. Claude “Mick”Kicklighter serves as director of theU.S. Vietnam War Commemora-tion. During the Pentagon event, he previewed the time line of plans for honoring Vietnam Veterans acrossthe country over the next few years.“Veterans of Valor,” a 30-minute docu-mentary with the nine honorees recall-ing humorous and somber anecdotesof their war experiences and inter-spersed with still photographs of them-selves in Vietnam was also premiered.If you missed this event, you canstill watch it by going to:www.VietnamWar50th.com/videos. It costs nothing to become a Com-memorative Partner! Many groupsare already honoring veterans atsuch events as Memorial Day pa-rades and Veterans Day activities.We ask Partners to simply consider 
specically highlighting those who
served during the Vietnam War Era! Truly, it is as simple as that!The Commemorative Partner Pro-gram is designed for federal, state and local communities, veterans’ organi-zations and other nongovernmentalorganizations to assist a grateful na-tion in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their familiesas directed by Congress through Pub-lic Law Section 110-181 SEC.589.You might consider having your of-
ce, church, or social organization become a partner. To nd out more,
lectronic notications. Once ap
- proved as a Commemorative Part-ner, the Commemoration Programwill provide organizations with astarter kit composed of materials for developing and implementing their  programs. Commemorative Part-ners must commit to conduct twoevents each year from 2015-2017.The program be-gan in October 2012, with thegoal of attaining5,000 partners by 2014. We areon track and cur-rently have 4,941CommemorativePartners signed up. We are ask-ing for your helpto recruit morecommunities and organizations allacross the United States of America.When you be-come a partner,we will add youto our list located on our websiteand possibly link to your organiza-tion’s website. Youcan see a current
 You may be a Commemorative Partner, now help by tellingothers how they can sign up
list of our Commemorative Part-ners, visit:http://bit.ly/14nrgxQ. If you have any other questions or re-quire some assistance, please contactThomas Graft at 703-697-4874, or emailThomas.O.Graft.ctr@mail.mil.
Mrs. Martha West, Kopperl Independent School District kinder-garten teacher in Waco, Texas holds her school’s Commemora-ve Partner ag. Mrs. West is joined by Alfred West, SpecialForces Vietnam Veteran, and Congressman Bill Flores, U.S.Congressional District 17.
Summer 2013
Page 3 of 5
“People don’t understand that it takes
courage to use the rie, but sometimes
it takes even more courage to be able
to ght with just our minds and to not
give in. We found that out living in thatPOW camp,” said U.S. Army Pfc. Da-vid Harker, former Vietnam War POW.The United States of America VietnamWar Commemoration touch-es many aspects of Vietnamveterans’ lives. More thannine million service mem-
 bers fought and sacriced
during America’s involve-ment in the War. Their ex- periences are compelling,real and a part of Americanhistory. The VWC’s His-tory and Education Branchheaded by Mark Frank-lin has partnered with re-nowned Vietnam War cor-respondent, Joe Gallowayto help capture the OralHistories of Vietnam Veter-ans. The H&E team is ac-tively engaged developing a process to collect and produce a se-ries of Vietnam Veteran oral histories.These oral histories represent anopportunity to recognize the ser-vice of scores of Vietnam Veter-ans, tell meaningful stories of sig-
nicance, and help inform millionsof Americans about the sacrice en
-dured and valor exhibited by so many.The mission of the VWC is to assistour nation in thanking and honoringits Vietnam War Veterans and their families, the fallen, the wounded, thosewho were held as Prisoners of War,and those still listed as unaccounted for. The mission of the H&E Branchis to provide the American public and school grades six through 12, with aclearer understanding and apprecia-
tion of the service, valor and sacrice
of our Vietnam War veterans and to
Vietnam War News Correspondent Joe GallowayRecords Vietnam Veteran’s Experiences
Sept. 16-18: Air and Space Conference
and Technology Exposion
Gaylord National Resort201 Waterfront StreetNational Harbor, MD 20745
Sept. 17-22: Society of Air Force Nurses
Naonal Convenon
Doubletree Hilton Hotel363 Maine Mall RoadPortland, ME 04106
Sept. 19
: Georgia State Governor’s Com
memorave Flag and Cercate Presen
Georgia State Capitol100 Washington StreetAtlanta, GA 30334
Sept. 19-21
: The Ride Home honoringall former Prisoners of War and remem
-bering those still Missing in Action
Storm Dome at Georgia Southwestern StateUniversity800 Georgia Southwestern State University
Oct. 21-23
: Associaon of the UnitedStates Army (AUSA Convenon)
Walter E. Washington Convenon Center801 Mt. Vernon Pl NWWashington, DC 20001
Nov. 9: The City of Auburn’s Annual VeteransDay Parade
Veterans Memorial Park411 E. St. NEAuburn, WA 98002
The Vietnam Women’sMemorial
Foundation - 20th Anni-
versary Celebration of the Dedica
tion of the VWM
The Embassy Suites Downtown1250 22nd Street NWWashington, DC 20037
Nov. 10: NYC Veterans Week- Bandof Pride Concert
Father Duffy Square
Times Square ManhattanManhattan, NY 10036
Nov. 11: NYC Veterans Week- “Patri
-ot Row” Street Fair and 94th Annual
Veterans Day Parade
Various locations throughout Man-
tell the story about their service and that period of our nation’s history.Once launched, the Oral History Pro-gram will include all ranks, all servicesand all experiences to the extent pos-sible. Upon completion these videooral histories will be made available for viewing on the Vietnam War Commem-oration’swebsiteand even-tually dis-tributed via DVDsto middleand highschoolsacross thecountryfor use inthe class-room. Theseries of interviewswill also beshared withthe Libraryof Congress Veterans History Project.Veterans interested in sharing their experiences and letting their his-torical voices be heard in supportof the oral history project should stayed tuned for upcoming an-nouncements on how to participate.
Who beer to tell the story of the Vietnam War, than the Vietnam Veterans themselves. TheVietnam Veteran’s personal experiences are the stories that truly capture the legacy of the
Vietnam Veteran.

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