An estimated 254,000 Georgia residents – approximately one-third of the state’s total veteran population – are Vietnam War veterans. As the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War begins, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service invites all Georgians to pay tribute to the service and sacrifices of these brave men and women.
At 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in the North Wing of the State Capitol, Gov. Nathan Deal will attend a ceremony formalizing the partnership between the State of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
“As we reflect upon events now half a century past, we are proud to honor the Americans who answered their country’s call to serve in Vietnam,” said GDVS Commissioner Pete Wheeler. “This ceremony marks the beginning of a long-overdue tribute to that service. Under-appreciated in their own time, these brave sons and daughters fought because their country called them, and we should never forget their sacrifices.”
At the Sept. 19 ceremony, Gov. Deal will give remarks and issue a proclamation recognizing the Georgia-DOD partnership and calling upon all Georgians throughout the state to participate in the 50th anniversary commemoration honoring and recognizing all who served, fought, and died in Vietnam.
Gov. Deal will formally accept a certificate and flag from retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Claude M. Kicklighter, Director of the Department of Defense Office of Commemorations.
Lt. Gen. Kicklighter, a Georgia native, will give remarks. The West Atlanta/Douglas Choral Society will provide a musical tribute.
The ceremony will serve as the kick-off to Vietnam War commemorative events occurring through Nov. 11, 2025.
Vietnam War Facts and Figures:
8.7 million Americans served on active duty
7,391,000 Vietnam War veterans are alive today
228,000 Georgians served
1,584 Georgians were killed in action
8,534 Georgians were wounded in action
21 Georgians were held as prisoners of war
35 Georgians are still unaccounted for