By Karl Richter
Fifty years after the Vietnam War, Texarkana-area veterans got some special recognition at a ceremony honoring their service.
About 30 Vietnam veterans received commemorative pins, ribbons and decals — and a lot of heartfelt appreciation— during the event Thursday morning at Elks Lodge 2771.
Shreveport’s Vet Center sponsored the ceremony in partnership with the local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 278.
The event was one of many to be conducted as part of “a 13-year effort to recognize the uniqueness of the Vietnam veteran,” Vet Center Team Leader Vernon Williams said. President Barack Obama has proclaimed May 28, 2012, through Nov. 11, 2025, to be the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
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