TUCSON – Dozens of Vietnam War Veterans were honored Tuesday afternoon in front of the Iora Primary Care on the east side of Tucson. The special pinning ceremony is all part of a nationwide program designed to recognize the brave men and women who served our country.
Army Vietnam Veteran Ken Whitcotton started the ceremony by reading a poem. At the end, Vietnam Veterans formed a line and were each given a pin that read on the back, “A grateful nation thanks and honors you.”
“It was my honor to hand them out the pins. It really was,” Whitcotton said, “You can tell some of the things that they have been through.”
The event was sponsored by Humana Medicare.
“They didn’t get the same welcome home and thanks that our service men and women do today,” said Humana Medicare Sales Director Steve Stedman. “It was certainly a different time in our country. So again this is just another way for us to say thank you, welcome home, thanks for your service and we really really appreciate all that you have done.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs said 9 million Americans served active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.
“There are about 7 million vets still living and that’s a lot so we’re trying to get to them as quickly as we can again by hosting as many of these ceremonies as a company as we can,” Stedman said.
For more information on the Vietnam Veterans 50th Anniversary pin program, click here.