On March 29th, National Vietnam Veterans Day, Post 41 had the privilege of assisting VFW Post 9760 in Berryville with an event honoring Vietnam War Era veterans. It was a very appropriate day to recognize and honor some of our local Vietnam veterans.
In accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act, Congress authorized the Department of Defense to conduct a program to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War and the families of veterans who are listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The program honors all US Armed Forces personnel with active duty service between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, regardless of location of service. The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration was formed to carry out the recognition program
In conducting the commemorative program, the Commemoration utilizes a Commemorative Partner Program to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam veterans and their families. These partners consist of local veterans’ organizations and non-governmental groups. American Legion Post 41 is one of the authorized partners participating in the Commemoration of the Vietnam War by planning and assisting with events and programs recognizing Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service, valor, and sacrifice.
Post 41 Commander Bob Ferrebee presented each veteran with a lapel pin as a lasting memento of our Nation’s thanks. The lapel pins were provided by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.
Special recognition was given to a Clarke County soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. PFC Lewis Franklin Jenkins was killed in action on July 11, 1967, while serving as an Armor crewman with A Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division in Bing Long Province, South Vietnam. He was only 19 years old. He was the first of three Clarke County soldiers killed during the Vietnam War. The Commemoration authorizes the awarding of lapel pins to the families of veterans who are listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The lapel pin was presented to his brother, Ronnie, in Lewis’ honor and memory for his service and ultimate sacrifice in defense of our Nation.
VFW Post 9760 is commended for planning and providing this worthwhile program to finally recognize and honor our Vietnam War Era veterans.