by Dave Warner
On Wednesday evening, Nov 6th, the Little Falls Rotary Club recognized 68 Vietnam era Veterans in a commemoration ceremony with the presentation of service pins.
The Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps from Notre Dame High School performed duties as the color guard and opened the ceremony, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Linda Wagner and an invocation by Deacon Jim Bower.
The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
- To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war (POW), or listed as missing in action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.
- To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces.
- To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.
- To highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War.
- To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.
A presentation was made to the Rotary Club about the program, and they decided that it was an important idea that should find a home in Little Falls.
Larry Sargeant, a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran himself, and member of the Little Falls Rotary said, “We gather together this evening on behalf of a grateful nation to recognize, thank, and honor our veterans and their families who served during the Vietnam War, for their service and their sacrifice.”
“We know that freedom is not free and it is the men and women of our armed forces who courageously serve our nation who pay that price on behalf of all Americans,” he said.
The commemoration ceremony recognized veterans who served regardless of their location from November 1, 1955, through May 15, 1975.
Colleen Corsi with Rotary said, “I would like to thank each of you for being with us on this very special evening, as we join together as a grateful community to show our gratitude for those who have so faithfully served our country.”
Co-President of the Rotary Dale Wagner closed the evening out, which was followed by a dessert reception.