West Michigan veterans were honored for their service in the Vietnam War on Friday morning through a commemorate label pinning ceremony by Senator Gary Peters.

The ceremony took place at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids on Friday, March 17. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services, Homeland Security Committees and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, presented the veterans with the pins.

“Michigan is home to more Vietnam veterans than any other era, and it is an honor to present these heroes with a token of recognition for their incredible sacrifices on behalf of our nation,” said Senator Peters. “It is the spirit and valor of our brave men and women in uniform that makes our military the finest in the world. As we observe the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, we honor all those who answered the call of duty during a tumultuous time in our nation’s history.”

The presentation is part of a national effort to honor the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War from Memorial Day 2012 through Veterans Day 2025.

Senator Peters’ office offers the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins to living U.S. veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975. Michigan veterans interested in receiving their lapel pin should complete the form available here.

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