Monday, April 13, 2015

Vietnam and Vietnam Era veterans to be honored

Miami Valley Veterans Museum board president, Stephen Larck, and museum executive director, Mitch Fogle, are pleased to announce that Lieutenant Colonel Mike Jackson, the national chair of “Operation Welcome Home,” will be giving greetings at the area ceremony to honor Vietnam and Vietnam Era veterans scheduled for April 23 at 7 pm at Edison Community College in Piqua.

In addition to a program featuring local Vietnam veterans Mel Shane, Jim Miller, and David Norman, the musical group Thien Snipps will perform folk, rock, and contemporary selections for 30 minutes before the program as well as during the program. Scheduled for the program is traditional patriotic music as well as the popular “Silver Medals and Sweet Memories.”

The Veterans Elite Tribute Squad, under the direction of Vietnam Era veteran Chuck Morris, will post colors, fire a salute, and play “Taps” and “Echo Taps.” A special area with a photograph of the Vietnam Wall will be in the lobby of the theatre at Edison so that audience members whose friends, classmates and family died in the Vietnam War, or as a result of that war, can display photographs, leave messages or write names on cards.

Following “Echo Taps,” persons who wish to do so may grab refreshments provided by over 20 generous Edison employees and return to the theatre for an 18-minute showing by Vietnam Era veteran Ted Jones of Western Ohio Television Consortium’s oral histories of area veterans.

Special awards will be given during the program to all Vietnam and Vietnam Era veterans as well as to Glen Devers, Nick Essinger, and Ted Jones for their volunteer work on behalf of veterans.

Community members are invited to attend and no reservations are necessary. A display of artifacts from the Vietnam War from the Miami Valley Veterans Museum, a display by identical twins Lloyd and Lowell Perry (who served together in Vietnam and are participating in longitudinal studies to determine the impact of service in that war on wellness), as well as a display of the post-war work of John Looker, winner of three Purple Hearts for service in Vietnam, will be available for viewing.

The theatre at Edison is wheelchair accessible, and a seating area at the front of the theatre will be provided.

For questions, contact Dr. Vivian Blevins at 778-3815 or

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