Tuesday, November 3, the Williamsburg Chapter, NSDAR, honored 26 veterans who served in the Vietnam War. It was a very moving and special ceremony. Their service ranged from the years 1960 to 1975. Both enlisted and officer ranks were represented; 9 enlisted and 17 officers. These men held a broad range of responsibilities, ground fighting force, pilots on bombing missions, engineers, security operators, sailors on watch, material support to the front lines, disbursing pay to the troops and a chaplain praying for and with the troops.
Major General Celia Adolphi, USA, retired, chair of Service to Veterans and National Defense Awards Committees organized and presided over the program. Each honoree came forward to receive a certificate of grateful thanks for their service and sacrifice, as well as a lapel pin.
Special commemorative program covers and table decorations were designed and created by Sandy Reese, 2nd vice regent.
Sydney Riddle, first vice regent, secured the Honorable James R. Bullington, former Ambassador to Burundi as the guest speaker. His historical and personal story, "Hue 1968: The Vietnam War's Most Important Battle and a Foreign Service Love Story" was especially meaningful to the honorees.
The formal debut of the Williamsburg Chapter Choir under the direction of Miriam Hettler provided beautiful renditions of "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful."
Mrs. Riddle and Virginia Snyder Lee, regent, had the privilege of handing out the certificiates. There were 97 witnesses to this lovely commemorative ceremony.
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