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On August 26 surrounded by loving family and friends, Glen Patrick Taylor was honored for his service in the United States Army in the Ordinance Core from May 31, 1960 to June 10, 1963. Ella Parker, from the Burnett County Veteran’s Services Offices, gave a short speech and presented Mr. Taylor with the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Lapel Pin.

“In 2012, president Obama signed into law the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War. It is to span 17 years, the same length of the time of the Vietnam war span, to honor and observe Vietnam veterans and the surviving spouses of deceased Vietnam veterans.”

The pin was handed off to Taylor’s wife, Linda, to open while she continued with her speech, explaining the significance of the design on the pin; the eagle on the pin symbolizes courage, honor and dedicated service while the stripes represent the nation’s colors and the six stars represent the U.S. allies.

“The lapel pin is the nation’s lasting memento of thanks.”

Parker then pinned the memorial pin onto Taylor’s shirt and then presented him with one final gift. The non-profit, Quilts of Valor, had made a beautiful quilt for him. They award one quilt per veteran. They could not present it themselves due to COVID.

The American Legion Post in Grantsburg was going to hold a Vietnam Veteran’s Day event this year and was going to present approximately 50 of these Vietnam Veteran Memorial pins but had to cancel the event due to COVID. They are hoping to hold the event next year. This service pin is available for anybody who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces at any time during the years of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. You can set up an appointment with Ella Parker at the Burnett County Veteran’s Services Office to receive your pin.