March 25, 2019
Cherokee Nation National Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony
Friday, March 29 at 9 a.m.
Cherokee Nation Veterans Center
(Next to the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex)
17675 S. Muskogee Ave.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden
Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin
Col. Phil Waite, USAF, retired, senior advisor to the USA Vietnam War Commemoration
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation will host a National Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday at the tribe’s veterans center in Tahlequah to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, who is a Vietnam veteran, and Col. Phil Waite, the senior advisor to the United States of America War Commemoration, will be featured speakers during the event.
The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration honors all U.S. veterans who served on active duty from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 9 million Americans served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the period of the Vietnam War.
Friday’s ceremony will include a presentation of commemorative pins to each Vietnam veteran in attendance, offered as a lasting memento of thanks. Brunch will be provided by the Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank following the ceremony.
The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 established March 29 as National Vietnam Veterans Day.