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Vietnam War heroes to be honored at pinning ceremony in Fort Myers Nov.12

October 31, 2018
FL Guide

Collier-Lee Honor Flight has partnered with the Department of Defense to distribute the official Vietnam War Lapel Pin commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

A pinning event will be held on Nov. 12 - Veterans Day - at 9 a.m. at JetBlue Park stadium in Fort Myers. Veteran check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the event is free and open to the public.

"The Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin will be presented in a dignified manner to each Vietnam War veteran during this public event to reflect our nation's thanks for their service and sacrifice," Debi Lux, founder and assistant director of Collier-Lee Honor Flight, said. "We encourage all eligible veterans to register to join us for this special ceremony and hope the public will attend to honor the veterans' dedication to our nation."

The lapel pins will be presented to living U.S. military who served during the Vietnam War period as a lasting memento of the nation's thanks. Honorably discharged veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive the pin.

The event's guest speaker will be Ret. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. George Hardy, 92, a Tuskegee airman whose career spanned nearly 30 years in World War ll, Korea and Vietnam. Hardy was among the first black airmen to fly combat missions that provided escorts for bombers in Europe in 1945. He fought Nazis, North Koreans and Viet Cong, and some U.S. military commanders who discriminated against him and his fellow Tuskegee airmen because of the color of their skin. Hardy retired in 1971 after a military career in which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor, the Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

Veterans can register for the event by visiting www.collierhonorflight.org and downloading the application or by contacting 239-777-9295 or info@collierhonorflight.org.

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Collier-Lee Honor Flight's mission is to transport local veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials and honor their service. Veterans are encouraged to apply for an upcoming Honor flight by visiting www.collierhonorflight.org and clicking the "Veterans" tab. Support for the trips is provided by donors and volunteers and is at no cost to the veterans. Top priority is given to most senior heroes - survivors of WWII and any veteran with a terminal illness. The program also extends to Korean and Vietnam War Veterans as space allows, on a chronological basis.

For more information, call 239-777-9295 or visit collierhonorflight.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/collierleehonorflight.

JetBlue Park stadium is at 11500 Fenway Park South Drive, Fort Myers.

 
 

 

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