CARMEL, IN – The City of Carmel, in conjunction with the nationwide effort to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, will join with VFW Post 10003 to honor local veterans with a special program. “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” ceremony will take place Wednesday, March 30 at Noon at The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
“We must never forget the pain and suffering that our brave men and women experienced then and now; nor should we ever stop paying respect to those who fought with honor and distinction in the name of freedom and democracy,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “Carmel takes great pride in honoring our military veterans. We hope you join us for this very special occasion.”
Special guest speaker U.S. Army Colonel Bob Clifford, Retired, will lead the program designed to recognize, thank and honor all U.S. military veterans who served during the Vietnam War period. Each Vietnam Veteran in attendance will be presented with a special Vietnam Veteran lapel pin.
The program will include Carmel musician Blair Clark singing the National Anthem along with presentation of the flags by the VFW/American Legion Honor Guard. A reception with light refreshments will be held immediately following the ceremony along with an opportunity to learn more about assistance for veterans at several informational tables set up in the theater lobby.
As United States Vietnam War Commemorative Partners, this is the first of several commemoration events scheduled to take place over the next three years as Carmel and the nation celebrates this milestone 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.