Veterans Appreciation Event Honors Vietnam Service

Commemorative pins honor duty to country

By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and the Daughters of the American Revolution honored Vietnam War veterans with an appreciation event Tuesday, June 8 at the Cook Education Center, located on the Navarro College campus at 3100 W Collin St. in Corsicana.

Barbara Watkins, DAR Regent, was the speaker of the reception, which honored any qualified veteran who actively served during the Vietnam War with a distinctive Vietnam medal, the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration pin.

The Daughters of the American Revolution led the attending audience in celebrating America’s anthems. – Photo by Guy Chapman

Mike Johnson of the Captain William Barron Chapter of the Texas Society of The Sons of the American Revolution in Tyler, provided these pins to veterans who served in all branches of the military and any previous war, as well as to the widows of late veterans.

The commemorative pin was authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense, and launched in May of 2012, designed to pay tribute to these veterans, including prisoners of war, and those missing in action.

The event began with an invocation by Chaplain Karen Compton, and followed with the Pledge of Allegiance, The Star-Spangled Banner, The American Creed (led by Geneva Davis, Colonial Dames XVII Century), a recitation of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of American, and a Pledge to the Texas Flag.

Kay Hable, Special Committees Chair, was introduced, and a video was shown honoring all branches of the United States military.

Kay Hable, Special Committees Chair, speaks to the audience during the event. – Photo by Guy Chapman

Watkins presented Johnson with the Dar Certificate for the event, expressing appreciation for his service.

Veterans of previous American war stand together for a commemorative photo during the event. – Photo by Guy Chapman
SP4 Haskell Dighton of the United States Army was one of the attendees during the event, pictured here wearing his uniform for the first time in 54 years since leaving his tour in Germany. – Photo by Guy Chapman

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