On Tuesday, March 29, the Missouri Veterans Commission, in conjunction with the United States Department of Defense, hosted a virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.
A press release said the event included a pinning ceremony for six Missouri Vietnam veterans to recognize their military service and sacrifices during the war.
“It is a great privilege to be part of such a meaningful event celebrating our Vietnam Veterans,” Governor Mike Parson said. “As someone who lived through those times and then served in the military, I am forever grateful to these men and women who fought for our country. When they returned home they did not receive the appreciation they deserved, but we are honored to recognize them today and help them make up for lost time.
“It is always right to honor the men and women who protect and ensure the freedoms we enjoy. Today we honor those who are Vietnam Veterans,” said Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe. “Welcome home and thank you for your service and sacrifice.”
The event began with remarks from Missouri Veterans Commission Executive Director Col. (Retired) Paul Kirchhoff. In addition to the pinning ceremony, the event also included an explanation of the importance of the MIA/POW table by Missouri Veterans Commission Chairman Kelly McClelland; a reading of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day proclamation by Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten; and remarks by MP Ann Wagner.
You can watch the entire event by visiting youtube.com/watch?v=P9msJgbGOnk
The Missouri Veterans Commission operates seven state veterans homes, five state veterans cemeteries, and the Veterans Services Program. For more information about Missouri Veterans Commission programs, call (573) 751-3779 or visit mvc.dps.mo.gov.