Iowa will honor its Vietnam Veterans at the 2014 Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Ceremony to be held Wed., May 7, 2014, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Iowa Vietnam Memorial, located on the south side of the state capitol in Des Moines.
Robert Myers, President and CEO of Casey’s will be the guest speaker. Myers is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and decorated Vietnam War veteran. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will make remarks.
Additionally, AMVETS Post 2 will open their doors (located at 2818 5th Avenue, Des Moines) for a luncheon following the ceremony. Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.) will sponsor the free lunch.
This year’s ceremony will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War (officially proclaimed May 28, 2012 – November 11, 2025).
During the Vietnam War years, 115,000 Iowans served in all branches of the military. Their average age was 19. Eight hundred and sixty-nine Iowans became casualties of the Vietnam War. Five Iowans earned the Medal of Honor for their bravery.