Honoring Arizona’s Indian Vietnam Veteransby Michael Patrick Brewer on Jan. 28, 2013, under Veterans Benefits
To Arizona Vietnam Veterans, Indian Vietnam veterans, families & friends:
The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, the Arizona Military Museum, and the Heard Museum is proud to host an event Honoring Arizona’s Indian Vietnam Veterans.
DATE: May 25, 2013 Sign in 6:30 pm for table seating. Program begins at 7:00pm
LOCATION: Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
SEATING: Limited to 250 and seating will be assigned to those who respond first
ATTIRE: Business/casual or Army Class A or service equivalent, military decorations
This event is for all who desire to honor Arizona’s Indian Vietnam veterans and is part of the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War activities whose first stated objective is:
To thank and honor veterans who served in the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.
The event includes a Color Guard, a Native American Drum Group, special blessings, short speeches, videos, TAPS, a special presentation to Arizona’s Indian Vietnam veteran warriors, and catered refreshments.
Native Americans have one of the highest records of service in the Vietnam War, per capita, of any ethnic group. A majority of these men enlisted, and a disproportionate number served in combat units—airmobile, infantry, armor, airborne, and artillery. Their distinctive cultural value of the proud warrior tradition compelled them to serve.
We look forward to seeing many Indian Vietnam veteran warriors, their families, and friends at this event. The Heard Museum’s Steele Auditorium can hold only 250 attendees, so mail your completed RSVP form back ASAP. Your name must be on our list for you to attend. If you have any questions call Joe at 520-868-6777.
Colonel Joey Strickland, USA (Ret.), Director
Arizona Department of Veteran Services
Colonel Joseph E. Abodeely, USA (Ret.)
Director, Arizona Military Museum