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2015 Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day
The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs will host the 2015 Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Remembrance Ceremony on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located south of the Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines.

Governor Terry E. Branstad, who was governor in 1984 when the monument was dedicated, will officiate the ceremony. Guest speaker will be Colonel Harold Johnson (USAF – Ret). Colonel Johnson is a highly decorated Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down over Vietnam and served for six years as a prisoner of war.

This year’s ceremony will honor a Fairfield, Iowa serviceman whose name was recently added to the black granite monument of the Iowa Vietnam Veterans monument. This is the first addition since 1984. AMVETS Post 2 will host a luncheon following the ceremony at their post located at 2818 – 5th Street. The free lunch is being provided by Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

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