OHKAY OWINGEH ― The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Vietnam War will be commemorated in a special 11 a.m. ceremony on June 14 at the Ohkay Casino & Resort, located at State Highway 68-219 in Ohkay Owingeh.
Ohkay Owingeh is collaborating with the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (NMDVS) to honor Native American veterans from the following pueblos of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council region who served during the Vietnam War Era: Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Taos, and Tesuque.
The ceremony is part of an ongoing NMDVS effort to honor Vietnam War-era veterans in response to a nationwide initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in 2008. The DoD urged communities to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of our country’s initial involvement in the war–and to honor all veterans who served during the Vietnam War era. A year later, this commemoration effort was extended through 2025.
According to the VA, more than nine million Americans served in the military during this era. This nationwide 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.
At the ceremony, a Fiftieth Anniversary Commemorative Pin and a Certificate of Appreciation for their military service will be given to veterans and family members of deceased Vietnam War-era veterans.