NEWS | March 9, 2020

Vietnam War Veterans Day Commemoration postponed

By Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner U.S. Army Financial Management Command

The U.S. Army Financial Management Command, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Reserve’s 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, postponed hosting a Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration in Lawrence, Indiana.

The postponement is in response to the recent health concerns related to coronavirus (COVID-19). USAFMCOM is committed to having the event to honor Vietnam War veterans and will announce when the event is rescheduled.

Once rescheduled, the event will be held at the 310th ESC headquarters at 9851 East 59th Street, and will feature stories from Vietnam War veterans, a military brass quintet, a missing man ceremony and special recognition for all Vietnam War veterans in attendance.

Attending U.S. veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, will receive a Vietnam War veteran lapel pin at the commemoration.

For those eligible Vietnam War veterans who are deceased, their living spouses at the time of their death who attend the ceremony will receive a certificate of honor and a surviving spouse lapel pin.

“Thousands of our nation’s men and women, our national treasures, were asked to put their lives on the line, and they did so facing the unknown of whether they would return home,” said Brig. Gen. Mark S. Bennett, USAFMCOM commanding general. “For the ones who did return, they didn’t come back to the tickertape parades of World War II or the airports filled with a flag-waving public we’ve seen during the more recent conflicts.

“Many of them came back to a public that was, at the time, less than grateful,” Bennett continued. “This ceremony is another step in the right direction by letting them know they are appreciated, and to say, ‘thank you!”

Media and general public questions should be directed to the USAFMCOM public affairs office at 317-212-4913.

USAFMCOM conducts enterprise-level financial operations and provides technical coordination for financial management units and commands across the Army in order to ensure the effective implementation of policies and programs to support optimally resourcing the Army.

Editor's note: This story was updated on March 17 after it was decided to postpone the event to ensure the safety of all participants.