50th Anniversary Of The Vietnam War Observances

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The National Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. Photo courtesy: VA Blog

The National Vietnam War Veterans Day is March 29 with the 50th anniversary being observed this year. Hundreds of commemorative events are listed nationwide. Some Tampa Bay remembrances are listed below.

TAMPA – Green Beret and decorated Vietnam Veteran Bill “Hawk” Albracht tops the special plans for the Hillsborough Veterans Memorial Park ceremony remembering those who served in the war. The observance begins Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the park, 3602 Highway 301, Tampa, FL.

The presentations will include remembrances of Gold Medal Recipients, War Dogs and “The Last Patrol” presentation. Veterans and civilians are invited for a morning of reverence and camaraderie.

ST. PETERSBURG – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will observe National Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Day throughout the week of March 26 – 30, 2018,

Vietnam Veterans will have the opportunity to receive a special commemorative lapel pin at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, the Lee County Healthcare Center, and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Bradenton, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Saint Petersburg, Sarasota and Sebring. Living U.S. Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location are eligible to receive one pin. Proof of service is not required. Former service members can simply identify as a Vietnam Veteran to receive a pin.

  • March 26 – 30, 2018 (All Week) | 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pins will be available for pickup at the primary check-in desks at all CBOCs and at the main volunteer/welcome desk located on the first floor of the Lee County Healthcare Center.
  • Monday, March 26, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. VA and MyVA Community Engagement Board leaders will distribute pins at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center’s Lakeside Clinic (building 102), Veterans Canteen (building 1), primary entrances of the hospital building (building 100), and mental health center (building 111).
  • Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pins will be distributed at the Bay Pines Fisher House open house event. The house is located on the campus of the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.

TAMPA – At a commemoration ceremony, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) will honor Vietnam War Veterans and hand out commemorative lapel pins Tuesday, March 27th at 10 a.m. at the Hillsborough Veterans Resource Center, 3602 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL. Open to family and friends. If you plan to participate contact Dewayne L. Mallory at Dewayne.Mallory@mail.house.gov .

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Patriot Plaza at night. Photo by Steven Brooke courtesy of The Patterson Foundation.

SARASOTA – Retired Gen. Hugh Shelton, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is the featured speaker at a celebration of Vietnam Veterans set Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at Patriot Plaza, Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. Music will be provided by the First Brass of Sarasota along with contributions from Alpha Company Vietnam Brotherhood and Military Officers of America, Sarasota Chapter. Contact Ellwood Schiffman bandw@comcast.net for details.

 

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