U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, will host a pinning ceremony to honor veterans from Illinois' 14th District who served during the Vietnam War period.
According to a news release, in 2008, the National Defense Authorization Act established the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, highlight their service and pay tribute to their contributions.
The release states that the pinning ceremony is part of an ongoing national effort to honor all Vietnam War period veterans who served from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. As part of the ceremony, honored veterans will be recognized with a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin and Certificate of Honor.
“Our veterans have served and sacrificed so much for us. The Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony is a small way to show our gratitude and honor the veterans in our community on behalf of the nation,” said Rep. Underwood in the release. “I encourage all veterans or family members of Vietnam War Period veterans in our community to apply and take part in the ceremony.”
The Vietnam Veteran Pinning Ceremony is Nov. 10 from noon to 2 p.m. at the McHenry VFW Post 4600, 3002 West IL-120, McHenry.
The application to be honored at the Nov. 10 ceremony is open. To qualify, a veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of duty location.
There is no distinction between veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or who were stationed elsewhere during this period. Veterans may be honored posthumously, and their families may accept the honor on their behalf.
Veterans or family members in the 14th District are encouraged to complete an online application form available at www.underwood.house.gov. If unable to apply online, the form can be emailed to Jacqueline.Muhammad@mail.house.gov or call Rep. Underwood’s office at 630-549-2190 by Nov. 7 to process an application over the phone.