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Missouri Veterans Commission Hosts Virtual Event to Honor Vietnam Veterans


Missouri Veterans Commission Hosts Virtual Event to Honor Vietnam Veterans

CITY OF JEFFERSON – Today, 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. 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 opened 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 Memorial Day Proclamation of Vietnam Veterans by Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten and remarks by Congresswoman Ann Wagner.

You can watch the entire event by visiting

The Missouri Veterans Commission operates seven state veterans homes, five state veterans cemeteries, and the Veterans Services Program. The Commission is committed to providing high quality, compassionate care to Veterans, fully integrated into the Veteran community, with an emphasis on a culture of transparency and excellence. For more information about Missouri Veterans Commission programs, call 573-751-3779 or visit


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