Commemorative Pins for Vietnam Veterans

Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin - a lasting memento of the nation's thanks!

Purpose: To recognize, thank and honor United States military veterans who served during the Vietnam War period.

Eligibility: Living United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 regardless of location, are eligible to receive one lapel pin.

Presentation: These lapel pins will be presented in a dignified manor to each Vietnam veteran during public events held in their communities by Commemorative Partners. In instances when an honoree cannot attend a public event, the pin may be presented

during a private ceremony.


It was our honor to present these commemorative pins to 56* Vietnam Veterans at the Ben Atchley State Veterans Home.

* Not all veterans pinned are shown

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August 6, 2016
Cove Lake Park, Knoxville, TN
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MARCH 29, 2017

If you were not at the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial yesterday morning you missed the best ceremony we have had in our almost four-year history (it says here).


First, the weather was perfect, blue skies, warming temperature such that those wearing Chapter shirts were very comfortable. But it was the ceremony itself that made the morning so special.  I will presume that Don Smith was primarily responsible for organizing it, so particular thanks go to him.  But, many others contributed.  Buzz Buswell got His Honor, Tim Burchett, there, and the Mayor stayed for the entire ceremony and spoke even more eloquently than he has at other times I have heard him talk.  Pat Polis offered the Invocation and Benediction, and Mike Inman also said a prayer.  Rich Gill, hobbled by a blood clot in a leg, led the Pledge.  Ron Kirby arranged for, and helped present, a beautiful wreath.  Chris Albrecht coaxed several media outlets to cover the event.  It was gratifying to have many non-chapter members participate, such as the Honor Guard that presented the flags and also the Missing Man table, those who assembled the Battlefield Cross, a musician and singer who contributed their talents, as well as many others who just came to observe.


Our Bill Robinson was the keynote speaker and provided information about our war that I had not heard before.  Of course, Don introduced Bill, and in doing so read the attached bio.  Please read it.  Bill is an amazing guy.  In addition to the exceptional valor he exhibited 40 - 50 years ago, he is very humble, truly cares about everyone he meets, and does so much to try to help so many.


Big problem:  Whatever we do next year won't top yesterday!

Photos below were submitted by Owen Haddock

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