GOSHEN, Ind. – Small Vietnam War commemoration pins presented to veterans at Courtyard Healthcare Center in Goshen, Ind., carried more meaning than most gifts. The veterans received the pins during a pinning ceremony coordinated by Goshen Hospice to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski participated in the ceremony.
“Our veterans risked everything to keep America safe and free, and we owe each one of them a debt of gratitude,” Walorski said.
“It is always a privilege to shake a veteran’s hand and say, ‘thank you for your service and sacrifice.’ Today’s ceremony honoring our local heroes and marking Vietnam War Veterans Day was one small but meaningful way to show veterans and their families how important they are to this country” said Walorski.
Goshen Hospice is a partner with the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration program. The national program provides Vietnam Veteran lapel pins to partners like Goshen Hospice to recognize Vietnam veterans and their families for service, valor and sacrifice.
“Our partnership with the Commemoration program gives us a way to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families in our community.” explained Brenda Wilkinson, BSN, RN, CHPN, at Goshen Home Care & Hospice.
Goshen Hospice conducts other pinning ceremonies to honor those who have served in the military as they reach the end of life.
“It’s a simple yet very meaningful act of gratitude at the end of life and can mean a great deal to veterans and their families,” said Wilkinson.
For more information, contact Goshen Hospice, (574) 364-2700.
Veteran Rex Rife receives his commemorative pin and certificate from Goshen Hospice veteran volunteers Gary Wilkinson and Edward Hiar and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski.
John Bickel, Vietnam Veteran and Goshen Hospice Volunteer, pins Veteran John Maguire (Janda Miller, Courtyard Healthcare Center).
The Goshen Veterans Honor Guard helped facilitate the ceremony.
About the Vietnam War Commemoration program
Congress established the Vietnam War Commemoration in 2008 to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War. The Commemoration designed a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin as a lasting memento of the nation’s gratitude. Pinning ceremonies honor all who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of where they served. The U.S. began commemoration of the Vietnam War’s 50th anniversary in 2012 and will continue through Veterans Day 2025.