In an event 50 years in the making, a special ceremony in Battle Creek will welcome home veterans who served in the Vietnam War.

Veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location will be honored with a special lapel pin at a formal event designed to pay tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

  • What: “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families”
  • When: 2pm Friday, October 27
  • Where: Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, 3367 W. Dickman Road, Battle Creek
  • How Much: The price has been paid. Soldiers are asked to RSVP to Sherry Swann, U.S. Army veteran, at 269-274-8890 or email

To begin the formal ceremony, American Legion Post 298, Patriot Guard Riders and the Blue Star Mothers will form a flag cordon line inside the hangar for a Vietnam veteran procession. Cereal City Concert Band will perform a selection of patriotic music and they will also end the ceremony with taps. The Hooligans Flight Team will perform a flyover in the Missing Man Formation and a variety of veterans service organizations will be on hand to provide Vietnam veterans and their families with current information on benefits.

This special event is a part of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration and hosted by Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Senator Mike Nofs.

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