Yokota Exchange to recognize Vietnam veterans with pinning ceremonies March 29

Yokota Exchange to recognize Vietnam veterans with pinning ceremonies March 29

by Vincent O. Lesesne
Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

Yokota Air Base – The Yokota Exchange will honor Vietnam Veterans’ service, valor and sacrifice with a pinning ceremony on March 29th at 1600 in the YCC 1st floor lobby for National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, can receive a Vietnam Veteran lapel pin at the ceremony. The lapel pin, which has become a lasting memento of the Nation’s thanks, is provided in partnership with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

“The Yokota Exchange is privileged to be a part of recognizing the heroes who served during this time,” said Yokota Exchange General Manager Andrew Defelice. “Many of them never received the proper thanks they deserved. It’s an honor to host these recognition ceremonies and share our heartfelt thanks.”

The Exchange has been a Commemorative Partner with the Vietnam War Commemoration since 2013, planning and conducting events and activities recognizing the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families.

All Veterans with service-connected disabilities are now eligible to shop at the Yokota Exchange and can find more information on accessing the Exchange at ShopMyExchange.com/Vets.

Veterans who typically do not have access to the base should contact the Yokota Exchange Customer Service at 1469-375-7519 ext 181 for details.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration is a program administered by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The Commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the secretary of defense and launched by the President in 2012. It will continue through Veterans Day 2025.


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