50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War to be Commemorated at Special Ceremony in Las Vegas, N.M.

For Immediate Release

September 22, 2016


50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War to be Commemorated at Special Ceremony in Las Vegas, N.M.

Friday, September 30 (10 a.m.) at Veterans Park (Mills Ave. & 4th Street)


(LAS VEGAS, NM) –The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War will be commemorated at a special 10 a.m. ceremony on September 30 in Las Vegas, New Mexico, at Veterans Park, located across from the

Gene Torres Golf Course at the intersection of Mills Ave. and Fourth Street.

The ceremony recognizes and honors those who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces while the U.S. was involved in Vietnam. VA data indicates more than nine million Americans served in the military during the Vietnam War era-including more than three million in southeast Asia. It is being presented as part of a nationwide initiative issued by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in 2008 to honor America’s Vietnam War veterans, and to also commemorate the 50th anniversary of our country’s involvement in the war which lasted from November, 1955, to May 15, 1975. A 2012 Presidential Proclamation extended the commemoration through Veterans Day, 2025. The commemorative effort makes no distinction between veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War era. All answered the call of duty.

New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services State Cemetery Program Director and Vietnam War veteran Thomas Wagner is serving as the Official State Chairman of New Mexico’s Vietnam War 50th Commemoration effort. The September 30th commemoration ceremony in Las Vegas, N.M., is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, the American Legion Riders Chapter 26, the Santa Fe National Cemetery, the Santa Fe Vet Center, the New Mexico State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and Vietnam Veterans of America Northern New Mexico Chapter 1063.

All Vietnam War-era veterans attending the ceremony will be presented with a certificate of appreciation for their service during the war, and a special 50th Anniversary Commemorative Pin.

The first commemoration ceremony in the state was presented on June 18 in Santa Fe. In an effort to reach as many Vietnam War-era veterans as possible, ceremonies in other cities are being planned by the NMDVS over the next couple of years.

For more information, contact NMDVS Event Coordinator Josetta Rodriguez at josetta.rodriguez@state.nm.us.



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