Calling all Vietnam veterans. The University of North Georgia wants to honor you.
The university seeks to present certificates to those veterans living in the area of its five campuses in Gainesville, Dahlonega, Cumming, Blue Ridge and Oconee County.
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the university will present personalized certificates to any Vietnam veterans who pre-register to attend a noon ceremony and 4 p.m. military review on the Gen. William “Lipp” Livsey Drill Field on the Dahlonega campus.
The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and is part of the Certificate of Honor program started by the Georgia Department of Veteran Services and the governor’s office to present certificates to each of Georgia’s 234,000 Vietnam veterans.
To be recognized, veterans can submit their full name, rank, branch of service and dates of service to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving at 706-864-1547.
The guest speaker at the event will be Ray Rottman, executive director of Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States.
“As a senior military college, the University of North Georgia is proud to honor our veterans, who are the pride of our nation,” said Col. Tom Palmer, commandant of cadets at UNG. “They have fought our wars, defended our shores and kept us free. We are especially proud to support Vietnam veterans. This Veterans Day, please be sure to thank the Vietnam-era veterans. They did not receive a hero’s welcome when they returned home.”
At the Gainesville campus, the university’s Student Veterans of North Georgia will lead a moment of silence at 2 p.m. to honor and recognize fallen veterans.