National Vietnam War Veterans Day is just over two months away, and any organization who wants a simple, free way to make the 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.
“We hope everyone will join together on March 29, 2022, to honor Vietnam Veterans and their families during this 5th anniversary of National Vietnam War Veterans Day,” said Phil Waite, chief of strategic engagement for The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. “These warriors – our Nation’s blood and treasure from a generation ago – deserve the Nation’s deepest gratitude!”
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. Also, use the tag #ThankVietnamVets on social media to join the conversation.