AMHERST, Ohio (WJW) — Vietnam veterans from Ohio and out of the state were honored with a lapel pinning ceremony in Lorain County today.
At 6 p.m., members of the Nathan Perry Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to give an opportunity for the stories of the brave men and women to be heard.
98 men were honored in today’s ceremony.
The commemoration honors all living, Vietnam-era veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975,
In the center of the pin, is an American eagle which represents courage, honor and dedicated service to our nation.
Around the pin, is a blue circle that signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.
On either side of the pin, is a laurel wreath representing victory, integrity and strength.
Behind the eagle are stripes which represent the American Flag and in front of the eagle there are six stars representing the six allies who served alongside eachother: Australia, New Zealand, The Philippines, The Republic of Korea, Thailand and the United States.
Words are symbolically engraved on the back of the lapel pin so they can be closest to the heart of the wearer: “A grateful nation thanks and honors you.”