In addition to The Vietnam War Summit proceedings in the LBJ Auditorium, the LBJ Presidential Library, in partnership with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will host veteran recognition ceremonies twice a day on April 26, 27, and 28. The ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day on the LBJ Library Plaza, near the flagpoles.
During the ceremony, each U.S. veteran who served between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975 will be recognized, thanked, and presented a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin. All elements of this lapel pin are symbolic, and the back is engraved with "A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You;" indeed, it is a lasting memento of the nation's thanks for our Vietnam veterans and their families.
We anticipate each ceremony will last approximately 30 minutes, however, the length will depend on how many veterans are present to be recognized. No RSVP is needed in order to attend. Free parking is available in the LBJ Library visitors' lot (#38) off of Red River St. We also encourage you to visit The Wall That Heals while you are here.
Schedule of ceremonies:
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Special guests: Austin Mayor Steve Adler; Major General James Jackson, The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration; Karoni Forrester, National Board POW/MIA Families
Special guests: Lynda Johnson Robb and Chuck Robb
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Special guests: Luci Baines Johnson and family
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Special guests: Gregory L. Fenves, President, The University of Texas at Austin; Ken Wallingford, Former Prisoner of War and Senior Advisor to the Executive Secretary, Texas Veterans Land Board; Dr. Howard Prince, LBJ School of Public Affairs Professor, U.S. Army
Special guests: University of Texas Chancellor William McRaven; Karoni Forrester, National Board POW/MIA Families; John Miterko, Vietnam Veterans of America, Texas Chapter; Don Dorsey, Texas Association of Vietnam Veterans
We look forward to formally thanking and honoring the men and women who bravely served our country during the Vietnam War.