The Person Veterans Council conducted a private Vietnam War Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday at the Person County Veterans Park. The ceremony was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28, and was to be open to the public, but was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
“We felt the need to still honor our Vietnam Veterans, so we invited Richard Vining and Roger Crump, both Vietnam veterans, to the brief ceremony,” Person Veterans Council president Ron Jeffreys said. They were each presented a Vietnam Veteran lapel pin, an “I served” car magnet, and proclamations from both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama, in regard to National Vietnam War Veterans Day, which is nationally observed on March 29 each year. Vining is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Crump served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Representing the American Legion Post #138 at the ceremony were Commander Tom Carter, Adjutant David Bell and Chaplain Chris Talley. The Person Veterans Council was represented by Ronnie Jeffreys, President, and Teresa Burch, Secretary-Treasurer. Ronald Epps, Commander DAV Chapter #72, was unable to attend.
Fellow Vietnam veterans will be presented their gifts and Presidential proclamations at a later date.