Episode 1003 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will be about barbecue and the DoD 50th Year Vietnam War Commemoration program. The goal of the program is “to provide the American public with historically accurate materials and interactive experiences that will help Americans better understand and appreciate the service of our Vietnam War veterans and the history of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War,” according to the Vietnam War 50th website.
The main work of the program is being carried out by local Commemorative Partners. These partner groups have to go through a substantial qualification process and then are required to conduct six approved events within three years of their designation.
The writer of this piece is a member of a Commemorative Partner group in Sebring, Florida. The Sebring group is preparing to conduct its first commemorative function on November 10, 2017 at an appreciation and pinning ceremony on the grounds of the Highlands Country Courthouse. All in the area are invited to attend the Veterans Day parade and commemorative event that will follow the parade.
Another commemorative event recently took place in Jerome, Idaho. It was covered in a story coming from KMVT Channel 11 of Twin Falls, Idaho titled: Veterans share experiences at veterans appreciation barbecue. The story was submitted by Cristle Jose of KMVT. It was the sixth and final program event by the Jerome Commemorative Committee.
Gib Belasquez, one of the committee members, reported that their final commemorative event had their biggest turnout yet and they hope to hold more veteran appreciation events on their own in the future. It appears the good people of southern Idaho appreciate barbecue and their veterans just as much as they do in other parts of the country.
Discover more about the Jerome, Idaho veteran appreciation event in episode 1003.