Three Rivers Hosts Vietnam Veterans Memorial Event

Mar 25, 2015

“Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans,” an event to recognize the veterans of the Vietnam War, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, in the Bess Activity Center at Three Rivers College.

The event is an early celebration of Vietnam Veterans Day, which is March 29. It sponsored by Chapter 1056 of Vietnam Veterans of America, an organization with the goals of campaigning on issues important to Vietnam veterans, creating a new identity for this generation of veterans, and improving public perception of Vietnam veterans.

This is an opportunity for our community to come together for the long overdue welcome home the Vietnam veterans deserve for their service to our country.

Friday’s event will include speaker Bill Kiefer, membership chair of the Missouri VVA State Council; Salute to Fallen Vietnam Veterans led by Bardis Dismuke, treasurer of VVA Chapter 1056; and the POW/MIA Ceremony led by John Fuller and Bob Lawson, both of VVA Chapter 1056. Larry Kimbrow, president of VVA Chapter 1056, will be master of ceremonies. Leeza Edmundson will sing the National Anthem and “God Bless America.”

In addition there will be proclamations and resolutions presented state Rep. Todd Richardson & Rep. Steve Cookson; state Sen. Doug Libla; and Poplar Bluff Mayor Pro-tem Dr. Jack Rushin. In addition, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith and representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and Sen. Claire McCaskill are scheduled to attend.

The event is open to the public.

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