Terri Potts, Angel and Martha Vogel pinning on the commemorative pin. Photo taken by Susan Frost of SUSAN FROST PHOTOGRAPHY www.frostphotography.com
The Multnomah Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, on behalf of our nations and in partnership with the Unites States Defense Department, would like to honor you today as you should have been honored fifty years ago.
Our Government’s decision to become involved in the Vietnam War spawned a unprecedented backlash of hostility from many U.S. citizens. It was not enough for some protestors to direct their anger at the U.S. government. Some expressed themselves with violence and reprehensible behavior, directed at those who faithfully served and sacrificed when their nation called. Let us not forget the majority of our troops were young men conscripted into the service by the draft. And whether or not they would have chosen to be there, they nonetheless performed their patriotic duty.
The complexion of combat during the Vietnam War was completely different than that of any war previously fought by our troops. The psychological impact of what they experienced was devastating. When they came home, where they had a right to feel safe and deserved to be supported, they often suffered outrageous physical and emotional abuse. Some would never recover from the betrayal. Their lost futures can never be restored to them. This is a sad and shameful truth that it is imperative we acknowledge.
No ceremonies or certificates on pins can provide adequate compensation; it is, however, through these gestures that we do acknowledge the fact of a profound injustice. We say to you, now what you should have heard then …”welcome home.”
The Multnomah Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is proud to honor you with this certificate in recognition of your service and sacrifice. It is a heartfelt gesture that is long overdue.
In addition, please accept this specially designed pin, which is reserved for all U.S. veterans who served on active duty from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975.
Eagle head represents courage, honor and dedicated service to our nation. Six Stars represents the six allies who served and sacrificed together; and Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, and the United States. Stripes behind the eagle and the Blue Circle represents the American flag and signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice. Laurel Wreath represents victory, integrity and strength.
On the back of the pin is inscribed with the words…"A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You."