To recognize, thank and honor United States military veterans who served during the Vietnam War, eight veterans from that period were honored at the Otis Taylor American Legion Military Appreciation Lunch Saturday, July 27, at the Webster Community Center. Burnett County Veterans Service Officer (VSO) Doug Stubbe explain the purpose of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemorative program, thanked each veteran and presented a lapel pin to: Tom Cook (USN), Keith Crosby (USN), Gary Hayek (USN), Bill Beetcher (USN), Bob Kyle (USA), Harry Patneaude (USA), Duke Kreb (USA) and recognized but not pictured, Alan Kisling (USMC).
On the front of the pin is the bald eagle, which represents “courage, honor and dedicated service to our nation.” The blue circle matches the canton of the American flag and signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice. The laurel wreath represents victory, integrity and strength. The stripes behind the eagle represent the American flag and the six stars represent the five Allies that served alongside each one another during the 20-year conflict; Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Thailand and the United States. On the back of the lapel pin it states, “A Grateful Nation Thanks And Honors You”. This lapel pin is available to all veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location.
If you would like more information on this program, please contact Burnett County Veteran Service Officer, Doug Stubbe at the Burnett County VSO Office.