Southwest FL – The Military officers Association of Sarasota (MOAS), the local chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), recently provided an opportunity to honor 31 Veterans of the Vietnam War Era (Nov 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975) who were in attendance at a the MOAS September monthly luncheon at Michaels on East.
Each was honored with a lapel pin signifying them as Vietnam Veterans for their military service during the 1955-75 time period. This ceremony is one of many activities planned throughout the world over the next two years commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
The commemoration will officially end in 2025. The Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War was established by the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act which authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct such a commemoration program.
The Commemoration is further supported by a Presidential Proclamation. The 2008 law stated; “in conducting the commemorative program the Secretary shall coordinate support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War.” Those who served during the Vietnam War era with honor in support of the principals and Ideas of the United States, returned or to or served in a divided country and many were verbally and emotionally abused for their service.
Commemoration activities are designed to thank and honor those veterans and their families; highlight the Armed Forces, Federal and non-governmental agencies who served with or supported the Armed Forces; pay tribute to the home front and the people of the United States; highlight technology, science and medicine advances related to military research during the Vietnam War; and recognize the contributions and sacrifices of our allies during the Vietnam War. Additional information is available atwww.VietnamWar50th.com.
MOAS is the Sarasota Chapter of Military Officers Association of America. MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers with 370,000 members. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. For more information visit, www.sarasotamoaa.com Are you a former military officer? Please come and join us at our monthly luncheon.