LIMA — To honor United States military veterans who served in the Vietnam War, the Allen County Veterans Service Commission will distribute commemorative lapel pins during a ceremony Aug. 26 at the Allen County Fair.
“We really would like to see the veterans come out and receive the pin, and consider it a very small token of appreciation from the United States of America,” said Steve Montgomery, vice president of the Allen County Veterans Service Commission and a Vietnam War veteran. “It’ll slowly become one of your most cherished possessions.”
Pins will be distributed during a program that begins at noon in the community tent, located near the Gospel tent at the Fairgrounds. Along with the pin distribution ceremony, the program will feature guest speakers, music by the Hallelujah Saints Band, and a meal of ham and bean soup, corn bread, hot dogs and hamburgers.
Living veterans who served in active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, are eligible to receive the lapel pin. Montgomery said any veteran who fits this criteria is welcome to receive a pin at the ceremony.
“I’m hoping to draw some vets from Auglaize County, Van Wert, Putnam County, Hardin County, Hancock County and any other surrounding county,” he said.
There is no cost associated with the program or the lapel pins, and all U.S. veterans will earn free gate admission until 6 p.m. on the day of the event. Though the program officially begins at noon, Montgomery said he welcomes all individual veterans and veteran’s groups to stop by the tent at any time during the day.
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