WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., is hosting a ceremony on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 in Winter Springs, Fla., to honor Vietnam veterans as part of the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, a 13-year nationwide campaign led by the U. S. Department of Defense. At the ceremony, Murphy will present each veteran with a Vietnam veteran lapel pin to recognize their service and sacrifice. All veterans who served between 1955 and 1975 are eligible to participate. Veterans interested in participating should register at murphy.house.gov/ThankAVeteran. Murphy held a similar ceremony in September 2018.
“Once again, I’m proud to honor Vietnam veterans in our community and thank them for their service to our country. We owe all those who served our deepest gratitude, and this event is another way to show them our enduring respect,”said Murphy. “I had a shot at the American dream thanks to the American sailors in the U.S. Navy who rescued my family when we fled communist Vietnam. I am forever grateful to all the Vietnam veterans who fought to defend America’s freedoms. If you or someone you know is a veteran of the Vietnam War, I encourage you to join us at this ceremony to recognize our brave Vietnam veterans.”
The event will be held on Wednesday, November 6, at 11 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5405, 420 North Edgemon Ave., Winter Springs, Fla. The ceremony is open to the public, but prior registration is required athttps://murphy.house.gov/ThankAVeteran. Veterans and families of veterans will be given priority admittance.
This ceremony will honor U.S. veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time between Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of where they served. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that there are 7 million living Vietnam veterans and 9 million families of those who served in this time frame.
Congress authorized the national commemoration in 2007 in the National Defense Authorization Act, which President George W. Bush signed into law on Jan. 28, 2008. The commemoration officially began with an event at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, and concludes on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2025. The goal is to commemorate the 50th anniversary for an extended time since many Americans served and sacrificed over a long period.