ISS2 2018

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A lapel pin ceremony was conducted at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore March 29, as part of the Coast Guard's Vietnam Veterans "12x12" recognition campaign. Coast Guard Photo by Lt. Tracy Rainey The Coast Guard honors our Vietnam War veterans Submitted by Lt. Emily Brockway Coast Guard personnel celebrated National Vietnam War Veterans Day March 29, honoring the men and women who sacrificed during the longest conflict in U.S. history. Forty-five years ago on March 29, 1973, the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam, but respect for the service by our veterans was not rendered appropriately. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. loses an estimated 500 Vietnam veterans every day, many passing away before they receive the gratitude they deserve. The Coast Guard 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. At the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore March 29, the second annual National Vietnam War Veterans Day, a lapel pin ceremony was conducted as part of the Coast Guard's "12 X 12" campaign. In 2018, ceremonies like this one will be held around the country to honor all Vietnam veterans. These ceremonies will continue annually up to the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War in 2025. Additional events honoring Vietnam War veterans are planned for Sector Coos Bay, Ore., Base Miami, Sectror Houston-Galveston, and on the CGC Active. For more information on these and future events, please call Lt. Emily Brockway at or (202) 372-4641. USCG Headquarters Governmental & Public Affairs Office of External Outreach & Heritage, CG-0923 March 29, 2018, marks the first observance of National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Approximately 500 Vietnam veterans pass away everyday, many before they can finally be thanked and welcomed home. The 12 x 12 Campaign mobilizes Coast Guard units to participate and thank Vietnam veterans for their service, and host dignified events to present Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins as a token of our nation's enduring gratitude. 12 units ? ? ? ? ? ? * ? ? ? ? ? Vietnam Veteran Recognition Program 12 x 12 Campaign Mar 2018 FLORIDA? May 2018 ALASKA? Jun 2018 OHIO? Jul 2018 MASS.? Aug 2018 MICHIGAN? Sep 2018 HAWAII? Oct 2018 CALIF.? Nov 2018 MISSOURI? Dec 2018 PUERTO RICO? Jan 2019 FLORIDA? Feb 2019 WASH. ST.? Apr 2018 12 months Mar 2018 Apr Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov May Dec Jan 2019 Feb 1200 vets (*100 vets @ each unit/per event, or more!) The 12 x 12 Campaign is … Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Visit www to volunteer to host an event or find past events and planning guides. Resources are available to assist with event ideas, materials requests, and coordination with Coast Guard partners. Contact the Vietnam War Commemoration Office POC for more info: LT Emily Brockway; Emily ; 202-372-4641 (Active, Reserve, Auxiliary) CG Yard CG Yard Batimore, MD (Mar 2018 – Feb 2019, and beyond) Issue 2 • 2018 � RESERVIST 37

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