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Veterans sought: Vietnam Veterans to be honored at ceremony March 10 in OKC

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

Area Vietnam Veterans are invited to participate in a pinning ceremony March 10 in Oklahoma City.

WHAT:   Humana, a leading health and well-being company, the State of Oklahoma Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Mercy are hosting a Vietnam Veterans Pinning and Proclamation Ceremony on March 10, 2020, starting at 1 p.m. at Mercy Hospital- Oklahoma City. There will also be a Veterans Resource Fair on site from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. as well as a Veterans art exhibit from the Kansas City Arts Institute.  Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between November 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to participate in the ceremony.

The President and Congress established a federal program in 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and to thank and honor Vietnam veterans. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 9 million Americans served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War; approximately 7 million are living today. For more on the program, visit

To reach these large numbers of veterans, the Vietnam War Commemoration has enlisted the assistance of many thousands of Commemorative Partner organizations at the local, state and national levels to conduct pinning events and activities that recognize Vietnam veterans and their families in their local communities.

Humana is a Commemorative Partner and is proud to support and salute Vietnam veterans.  Local Vietnam veterans interested in participating are asked to RSVP to ensure enough pins are available. To RSVP, or for more information, call Humana at 1-800-681-0637. 

Several area veterans organizations will have representatives on site for a free veterans health and service fair.

WHEN:                Tuesday, March 10, 2020

                          Pinning Ceremony- 1:00 p.m.

                          Veterans Resource Fair- 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:               Mercy Hospital- Oklahoma City

                           4300 W. Memorial Road

                           Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73120

                              **Conference Center located in lower level**

PARKING:            Free valet parking at two convenient locations:

                                - McAuley building entrance, south of the hospital at

                                4205 McAuley Blvd. Take the elevators down to the

                                lower level conference center.

                                - Patient registration entrance, near the flag pole on the

                                north side of the hospital. Take the stairs down to the

                                lower level conference center.