Veterans Day is just over two months away, and any organization who wants a simple, free way to make Veterans Day more meaningful for Vietnam Veterans can become the Vietnam War Commemoration’s “commemorative partners.”
The program is for federal, state and local communities, Veterans’ organizations and other nongovernmental organizations. They can assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring Vietnam Veterans and their families.
More than nine million Americans served from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975. Six million are still living, but commemorative partners can do more.
“These patriots and their families deserve the nation’s gratitude,” said Phil Waite, chief of strategic engagement for The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. “Our partners are the backbone of this national commemoration. We would be privileged to have your organization come alongside us in this noble mission.”
Becoming a partner
Joining the Vietnam War Commemoration as a commemorative partner is easy. Simply visit www.vietnamwar50th.com and click “Apply” in the blue Commemorative Partner Program box. There’s a simple, one-page application that requires two points of contact and one signature.
Once approved as a partner, the commemoration provides organizations with a free starter kit of materials for developing and implementing their programs. Questions regarding the commemorative partner Program application process can be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating an event
Once a group becomes a partner, they receive a partner portal login. This allows the partner to create an event that is searchable on https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/events/.
Partners can also receive the following free materials:
- Lapel pins for Vietnam Veterans, as well as those Veterans and family members who qualify under the Certificate of Honor program
- Presidential proclamations
- Program brochures
- Fact sheets
- “I Served” and “We Heart” bumper magnets
- 50th anniversary and Family Member tin pins
- Vietnam War Patch Posters (all Services)
Search for an event
People can learn about events in their local community by visiting https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/events/. Visitors can search for event by name, date, country, zip code and category. The site also allows visitors to search within a 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 mile radius of a zip code.
To learn more about partnering with this national commemoration program, visit their site at https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/ or any of the VWC social media sites found at http://linktr.ee/VNWar50th.
The Veterans Day poster for 2021.
Veterans Day poster
People can also download a copy of the Veterans Day poster for 2021.
An author-illustrator of children’s books and advocate for military families is this year’s Veterans Day poster contest winner.
Matt Tavares, of Ogunquit, Maine, works closely with his publisher, Candlewick Press, to support an organization called United Through Reading. Their mission is to connect military families who are separated – by deployment or military assignment – through the shared experience of reading together.
His design idea for this year’s poster contest theme, the Centennial Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, was taken from an illustration he created for a book called Twenty-One Steps.
Download the poster at https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/.
Army Veteran Joe Curtin, director of VA’s National Veterans Outreach Office, contributed to this story.