Vietnam 50th Commemoration Flag Raising Ceremony
Pickens County Courthouse Lawn ~ March 29, 2016

Presented by:
Sequoyah Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
American Legion Post 149
DAV Chapter 47 of Disabled American Veterans
North Georgia Veterans
Marine Corps League – North GA Mountain – Detachment 1280


The Vietnam 50th Commemoration Flag is Full of Symbolism

The deep blue background is the same blue of our American flag.

In the center circle is an outline of the country Vietnam and surrounding countries, signifying the area where US forces served.

Surrounding the inner circle is a wide ring of blue with the words Service, Valor, and Sacrifice…virtues demonstrated by our veterans during the Vietnam War.

The gold-rimmed white star located between the words "Service" and "Valor" represents hope for the families of those veterans for which there has not been a full accounting.

The blue-rimmed gold star located between the words "Valor" and "Sacrifice" represents the families of those veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the war.

The blue star at the bottom of the inner blue ring represents the families of all veterans and symbolizes their support from home.

More stars represent support from each of the countries who served as US allies.

The red, white, and blue inner rings represent the flag of the United States of America and recognize all Americans, both military and civilian, who served or contributed to the Vietnam War effort.

On both sides of the rings is a green laurel wreath, signifying honor for all who served.

The wreaths are joined with the Vietnam service medal.

The words at the bottom of the flag, “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You" is the personal message to each veteran, civilian, family member, and all who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War.



VIDEO OF PROGRAM

Master of Ceremonies ~ Tom Lindsey

National Anthem Sharon Rasco, Sequoyah Chapter DAR

Invocation ~ Reverend Max Caylor, Husband of Sequoyah Chapter DAR member

Welcome ~ Tom Lindsey

Speakers
C. Ray Smith, Senior Vice Commander, American Legion Post 149
M. Beth Finley, Regent, Sequoyah Chapter DAR
Mary Turner, Vietnam 50th Commemoration Chairman, Sequoyah Chapter DAR
Robert Jones, Chairman, Pickens County Board of Commissioners

Guests/Dignitaries
Ron Wheeler, Commander, American Legion Post 149
Norm Hoechstetter, President, North Georgia Veterans
JT Swisher, Commander, DAV Chapter 47 of the Disabled American Veterans
Richard Wilson, Commandant, Marine Corps League – North GA Mountain – Detachment 1280
John Weaver, Mayor, City of Jasper
Becky Denney, Pickens County Board of Commissioners
Jerry Barnes, Pickens County Board of Commissioners
Steve Gooch, Senator District 51
Rick Jasperse, State Representative District 11
Randy Banks, Mayor, Town of Talking Rock
Larry Ray, Mayor, City of Nelson

Guest Speaker (Introduced by Ron Wheeler)
Jim Brescia, American Legion Post 149
United States Army
Vietnam Veteran
Combat Veteran; awarded 3 Bronze Stars and Purple Heart

Reading of Names on Monument ~ Tom Lindsey
Charles G. Boling
Billy Guinn Langley
Bobby Arthur Young


Moment of Silence

Wreath Presentation
U.S. Marine Corp League-North GA Moutain-Det-1280
Mary Turner, Vietnam 50th Commemoration Chairman
Marlin Ferrell, Project Patriot Chairman
Sequoyah Chapter DAR

21-Gun Salute ~ DAV Chapter 47 Honor Guard

Echo Taps ~ Rich Nuckolls, Bugles Across America and Don Ware


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