Staff reports

There is still time for Vietnam veterans from Cherokee, Pickens and surrounding counties to sign up for an upcoming Vietnam Veteran Honors Ceremony.

The ceremony is 11 a.m. Aug. 24 in the Main Hall of Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper. The deadline to sign up is 5 p.m. Aug. 21.

Vietnam veterans who have not signed up, but are still interested in attending the ceremony to be personally recognized, can contact the Georgia Department of Veterans Services Central Office via email at bzeringue@vs.state.ga.us or fax their DD Form 214 with their contact information (phone number and mailing address) marked “Jasper Certificates” to (404) 656-7006. For more information, call Brian Zeringue, GDVS Public Information Director, at (404) 656-5933.

The ceremony is open to all veterans with honorable service during the Vietnam War (from June 1, 1954 to May 15, 1975; dates recognized by the Department of Defense). This includes veterans with service in-country and those assigned in some other military capacity elsewhere in the world.

The Canton area Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5262, The American Legion Department of Georgia Posts from District 9 and Central North Georgia area Marine Corps League Detachments will be in attendance as GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby presents the Defense Department Commemoration Vietnam War Veteran Lapel Pin and the state’s Vietnam War Certificate of Honor to each veteran registered.

Each certificate is personalized with the Vietnam War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo. They are signed by Gov. Brian Kemp and Commissioner Roby.

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