Just passing this along for the benefit of those who would not have had an opportunity to see the ALCOAST. Thanks to Vince Patton for posting on his Facebook page.
R 280741 MAR 18
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-092//
SUBJ: CAMPAIGN TO HONOR VIETNAM VETERANS IN 2018-2019
1. Thursday, March 29th, is the second annual National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
This day marks the commencement of the U.S. Coast Guard’s campaign to honor
Vietnam Veterans over the next year. All Coast Guard active, reserve, and
auxiliary members are encouraged to participate in the U.S. Coast Guard’s
12 x 12 Campaign: 12 units, 12 months, honoring at least 1,200 Veterans this year.
2. The President signed the National Vietnam War Veterans Day Act on March 29, 2017,
calling on the nation to observe every March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans
Day, in honor of those who served and sacrificed during the longest conflict in
United States history. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs the United
States loses an estimated 500 Vietnam veterans every day, many passing away before
they receive the thank you and homecoming they so rightly deserve. Coast Guard
units can collaborate with their communities, colleagues, families and veterans
groups to plan and host dignified events to present the lapel pins to as many
Vietnam veterans as possible, and recognize the selfless service of this
remarkable generation of patriots.
3. The Coast Guard has partnered with the Vietnam War Commemoration Program
to observe the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and to thank and honor
veterans of the conflict for their service and sacrifice. The Vietnam War
Commemoration Program was established to recognize all veterans who served
November 1955 to May 1975, regardless of location. All veterans from that
twenty year era are eligible and should be recognized; service in the country
of Vietnam is not a requirement.
4. To host an event contact LT Emily Brockway at: Emily.H.Brockway@uscg.mil
or (202) 372-4641. View the Coast Guard Vietnam Commemoration web page at:
5. The 12 x 12 Campaign poster is available at https://go.usa.gov/xQc3d.
6. RADM Peter Gautier, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, sends.
7. Internet release authorized.