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Weld County Commissioners to host third pinning ceremony in honor of Vietnam veterans

Sara Knuth

Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer pins Vietnam veteran John Jodell of Loveland at a Welcome Home Pinning ceremony for Vietnam veterans May 13, 2017 in Longmont. Jodell said the ceremony was very emotional for him, showing him the gratitude he didn't receive upon first returning from the war. (Tribune file photo)

The Board of Weld County Commissioners is set to honor veterans of the Vietnam War with a pinning ceremony June 2, marking the third year the board has been part of a national effort to commemorate the war's 50th anniversary.

The Vietnam Welcome Home and Pinning Ceremony, which will start at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast, is set to be followed by the pinning ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Windsor Recreation Center, 25011 11th St.

"Our veterans are so important to our country," board chairman Steve Moreno said in a news release. "While we are inviting Vietnam veterans to be honored at this ceremony, the honor is truly ours."

Moreno said he anticipates 100 honorees will attend the ceremony. The first event, hosted in 2016, attracted 20 veterans.

"We are proud to be able to continue this ceremony," Moreno said.

The official pin is provided to the county through the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration organization.

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Veterans of the Vietnam War, as well as family members of veterans who served, are invited to the ceremony, the release stated.

This story has been updated to show the event is on June 2. The date was originally misidentified as June 3.

To go

Vietnam War veterans who plan to attend the pinning ceremony June 2 may RSVP with Weld County Veterans Services Office at (970) 400-3447 or email Amber Barthel at abarthel@weldgov.com. The RSVP deadline is May 25.