Vietnam veterans recognized at ceremony at Sheffield Village VA Clinic

By MICHELE MURPHY

Vietnam vets honored – Sheffield Village’s VA Clinic hosted a ceremony last week to honor those who served in the Vietnam War. More than 100 veterans lined up to receive a commemorative pin and proclamation from Anthony Milons, director, VA Business Administration (center). (Press photo, Michele Murphy)

Sheffield Village – Some arrived alone. Others came with their wives or a buddy. By the time the formal program began, more than 100 Vietnam veterans, along with over 300 family members and friends, had gathered to recognize the start of the war that made each one a hero.

The commemoration was held last week at the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Sheffield Village Community-based Outpatient Clinic on North Abbe Road. It was one of more than 5,000 events across the United States to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families sponsored by the VA and the Dept. of Defense War Commemoration Committee.

After representatives from the VA spoke about the sacrifice of all those who served during the war, which began in 1955 and concluded in 1975, each was called forward to receive a proclamation and commemorative pin. More than 115 pins were placed in the hands of vets by Anthony Milons, director, Veterans Business Administration. Standing with him to shake hands of vets were Jennifer Bernard, director, Sheffield Village Outpatient Clinic; Kim Robertson, director, VA Community Outpatient Programs and Services at Cleveland VA Medical Center; Beth Lumia, associate director, Cleveland VA Medical Center; and U.S. Marine and Vietnam veteran, Joseph Gee Jr., representing Sheffield Village Mayor John Hunter.

Bernard also made her way into the crowd to two vets sitting in the audience who were physically unable to come up to receive their pins.

Prior to the start of the program, vets and their families were treated to lunch under canopied picnic tables. Staff from the VA and vet organizations passed out flags and other mementos and answered questions vets had about various medical or other services to which they are entitled.

 

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