Center seeks Vietnam veterans for August pinning ceremony

Published Jul 30, 2017 at 9:00am

Ava Dorfman Senior Center, 305 E. Locust St., will host a Vietnam Era 50-year commemoration pinning ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at the center.

Center officials are hoping to locate local Vietnam War veterans so that they may be honored with pins at the ceremony.

Ava Dorfman is partnering with South Rome Senior Center, 112 Ridge St., and the Parkway Center of Utica.

“I have engaged many, and I am still trying to make contact with some, of the local veterans organization to promote this program and to encourage their members to participate,” said Susan Streeter, executive director of Ava Dorfman Senior Center.

“It is an amazing opportunity for us to honor and recognize the service that these outstanding Americans gave for our country,” Streeter added.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense and launched in May 2012.

Through efforts of dedicated partners, more than 7 million living Vietnam veterans and the families of the 9 million who served are being thanked and honored where they live and work by neighbors, family and friends. Partners host thousands of public ceremonies in towns and cities throughout the country during which Vietnam veterans and their families are recognized for their service and sacrifice.

Each living veteran who served at any time on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, regardless of location, during the period between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, is eligible to receive one Vietnam Veteran lapel pin.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration exists to fulfill the following five objectives:

• To thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families.

• To highlight the service of the Armed Forces and the contributions of federal agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations during the war.

• To pay tribute to wartime contributions made at home by American citizens.

• To highlight technology, science and medical advances made during the war.

• To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by Allies (Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand).

For more information about the ceremony and how to honor a local veteran, contact the senior center at 315-337-8230.