50th Anniversary Of Vietnam War Commemorated At Special Ceremony In Santa Fe

SANTA FE  The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War will be commemorated at a 10 a.m. ceremony June 18 in Santa Fe at the Santa Fe Veterans Memorial.
A nationwide initiative was issued by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in 2008 to honor America’s Vietnam War veterans, and to also commemorate the 50th anniversary of our country’s involvement in the war which lasted from November, 1955, to May 15, 1975. A 2012 Presidential Proclamation extended the commemoration through Veterans Day, 2025. 
New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services State Cemetery Program Director and Vietnam War veteran Thomas Wagner is serving as the State Chairman of New Mexico’s Vietnam War 50th Commemoration ceremony—which is being presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, the City of Santa Fe Veterans Advisory Board, the American Legion Riders Chapter 26, the Santa Fe National Cemetery, the Santa Fe Vet Center, the New Mexico State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and Vietnam Veterans of America Northern New Mexico Chapter 996.
The 50 th Anniversary of the Vietnam War commemorates and recognizes those who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. VA data indicates more than nine million Americans served in the military during this war era.
The commemorative effort makes no distinction between veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War era. All answered the call of duty. Vietnam veterans attending the ceremony will be presented with a certificate of appreciation for their service during the war, and also a special 50th Anniversary Commemorative Pin.
For more information, contact NMDVS Event Planner/Coordinator Josetta Rodriguez at josetta.rodriguez@state.nm.us.