Clay County government, in partnership with Vietnam Veterans of America, will recognize “Vietnam Era” veterans and their families during a ceremony on Saturday, March 25--National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the TAPS Monument in Green Cove Springs (915 Walnut St.)
Sen. Jennifer Bradley will be the keynote speaker for the event. Additional guest speakers include Clay County Commission Chair Betsy Condon, Supervisor of Elections Chris Chambliss, Commissioner Jim Renninger and Congressman Aaron Bean.
The song “Old Glory” will be performed by Command Master Chief Mack Ellis and the Clay County Public Safety Honor Guard and a flyover will be conducted by the Dreamland Squadron (a group of Navy and Air Force veterans). There will also be a parade of colors, a laying of the wreath and a reading of names to honor, Clay County Senior Multimedia and Public Information Officer Jessica Barreto said.
Clay County has partnered with the Vietnam Veterans of America for this ceremony for approximately five years, Barreto said. The county also partnered with them to build the TAPS monument where the ceremony will take place, she said.
The ceremony is expected to last approximately an hour and a half and all ages are welcome to attend. There is no cost and non-veteran-associated families and individuals are also encouraged to attend, Barreto said.
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