March 30, 2012
RUMFORD – River Valley veterans who served during the Vietnam War are invited to attend a special recognition ceremony on Friday, March 30. All veterans from all service are welcome to attend and be recognized on this day.
March 30 will be the first Vietnam War Remembrance Day in Maine after Rep. Sheryl Briggs, D-Mexico, worked to pass legislation last year designating the day.
The ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 24, 184 Congress Street, Rumford. Congressman Mike Michaud and Vietnam veteran and Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant will be the guest speakers.
The ceremony will include presentation of State of Maine Silver Star Honorable Service Medals to those that were wounded in combat and awarded a Purple Heart. The families of those that made the ultimate sacrifice during WW II, Korea and Vietnam will receive the State of Maine Gold Star Honorable Service Medal. State of Maine Bronze Star Honorable Service Medals will be presented to the families of those who died in the line of duty but not in a combat zone.
Sen. John Patrick, D-Oxford, and Rep. Matt Peterson, D-Rumford, will join Rep. Briggs at the ceremony.
Contact: Jodi Quintero [Briggs], 287-1488, c. 841-6279