Kadena Exchange to recognize Vietnam Veterans with pinning ceremonies March 29

Kadena Exchange to recognize Vietnam Veterans with pinning ceremonies March 29

by Leandra Atkins
Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

Kadena Exchange – The Kadena BX will honor Vietnam Veterans’ service, valor and sacrifice with a pinning ceremony March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, can receive a Vietnam Veteran lapel pin at the ceremony. The lapel pin, which has become a lasting memento of the Nation’s thanks, is provided in partnership with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

“The Kadena Exchange is privileged to be a part of recognizing the heroes who served during this time,” said Kadena Exchange Store Manager Flordeliza Payton. “Many of them never received the proper thanks they deserved. It’s an honor to host these recognition ceremonies and share our heartfelt thanks.”

The Exchange has been a Commemorative Partner with the Vietnam War Commemoration since 2013, planning and conducting events and activities recognizing the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families.

All Veterans with service-connected disabilities are now eligible to shop at the Kadena BX and can find more information on accessing the Exchange at ShopMyExchange.com/Vets.

Veterans who typically do not have access to the base should call the Kadena Exchange and ask for either Flordeliza Payton (Store Manager) or Hollie Nagamine (Operations Manager). Contact the Kadena BX at 036-868-2280 or +1 512-672-7560 with questions.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration is a program administered by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The Commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the secretary of defense and launched by the President in 2012. It will continue through Veterans Day 2025.

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