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October 17, 2013

Vietnam War veterans honored during special program

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Nancy Hart Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by honoring and remembering war heroes during a special program.

“We want to recognize and give thanks to people who fought in Vietnam. Most of us, even though we lived through it, have forgotten,” said Therry Deal, local DAR chair of the commemorative event committee. “We really owe the persons who were at that war gratitude doing for their country what it asked for them to do.”

The observance is slated from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Birdsong Recreation Center of the Georgia War Veterans Home, located at 2249 Vinson Highway.

Refreshments will be served following the program.

“There will be a brief patriotic ritual and a couple of people will bring greetings from different organizations,” Deal said. “The public is invited to participate, particularly Vietnam veterans. We want to recognize appreciatively individuals who were there, not just veterans at the Georgia War Veterans Home, but anybody that was involved in the war in Vietnam.”

The keynote speaker for the program will be retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Thomas “Tug” Greer. A Milledgeville native, Greer graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1951. He went on to serve two tours of duty in the Vietnam War.

“Every administration of the DAR has some commemorative event that they recognize. This administration is recognizing the war in Vietnam as one of those,” Deal said. “We’re involved because we honor and respect people who have served our country.”

As stated in a press release by the U.S. Department of Defense, America’s ground war in Vietnam began on March 8, 1965 when 3,500 Marines were deployed with the American public’s support. By Christmas, nearly 200,000 soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors were in the country. At war’s end on April 30, 1975, nearly 3 million Americans had been on the ground, in the air and on rivers of Vietnam. More than 58,000 Americans lost their lives.

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