Vietnam War Rememberance Day Celebration on March 30
RUMFORD -- A Vietnam War Rememberance Day Celebration will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at American Legion Post 24.
For the celebration, remembrance and recognition ceremony, Governor Paul R. LePage will be issuing a special proclamation recognizing Vietnam War Remembrance Day and this 40th Anniversary of all of the troops out of Vietnam. On March 29, 1973, the last of the troops left Vietnam and on March 30, 1973, they were out of Vietnam and returning home.
The Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services or as it is better known “Maine Veterans’ Services” conducts periodic presentation ceremonies around the state to provide an opportunity for the family and friends of veterans to attend a local recognition ceremony to see their loved one recognized for their military service.
The State of Maine has established a recognition program to honor the service and sacrifices of all Maine veterans. The recognition program includes honoring those who were wounded, POWs, or died in support of combat operations since the beginning of WW II.
The state will be presenting special 40th Anniversary Certificates to Vietnam veterans who register prior to the ceremony. If the veteran or family would like to receive a 40th Anniversary Certificate, a simple application should be completed and accompanied by their DD-214 and/or Discharge in order to receive the medal(s) and/or certificate. The application form may also be picked up at the Mexico Town Office Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call Rep. Sheryl Briggs at 364-5665.
"As I sponsored legislation designating March 30th 'Vietnam War Remembrance Day,' this is a great way to continue to recognize it with the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of all the troops pulled out of Vietnam…including my brother. The Maine Adjutant General James Campbell will be speaking at the ceremony. Vietnam Veteran and Maine Humorist Gary Crocker will be sharing a little humor as well."
More information on the program can be found on the Bureau of Veterans’ Services’ website at http://www.maine.gov/dvem/bvs/ and by clicking on the Maine Heroes button on the left of the page. You can also get information on the program by calling the Bureau’s central office in Augusta at 430-6035.