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More than 2.7 million Americans fought in the Vietnam War, 1964-75.

Some 58,000-plus died in Vietnam, more than 300,000 were injured and 75,000 were disabled. Some 1,600 are still missing in action.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day will be March 29.

“On the 29th of March, National Vietnam War Veterans Day, the Exchange will partner with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration and the Commissary to honor all who served during the Vietnam War era,” Chantel Scott, the Redstone Exchange store manager, said.

The Commissary and Exchange will have Vietnam veteran lapel pins for the veterans to pick up from special tables in the food court area at 10 a.m. March 29. They will also give away gift bags. The Commissary and the Exchange will do 50 gift bags apiece.

Sam Somerville, the Commissary store director, said the Commissary will have 150 pins. “Hopefully we’ll have enough pins for everybody to be able to get at least one,” he said.

A ceremony is planned for 10-noon.

“We’ve got pins and (various) coins,” Scott said.

Remarks are planned from Sheila Enderle, general manager for the Exchange for Redstone Arsenal and Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, and Garrison Commander Col. Glenn Mellor.

“These heroes made selfless sacrifices for our nation,” Enderle said. “Many Vietnam veterans never received the gratitude and respect they deserve. It’s an honor to host this ceremony and share our heartfelt thanks.”

Veterans who served on active duty in the armed forces at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, can receive a Vietnam veteran lapel pin. The pinning ceremony is contactless, and face coverings and social distancing are required.

Veterans who typically do not have access to the Arsenal should call the Visitors Center at 876-7738. Call the Exchange at 883-6100 with questions.

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