SEMBACH, Germany -- IMCOM-Europe recognized five Vietnam-era veterans during a town hall held here Aug. 29.
Michael Formica, director of IMCOM-Europe, presented James Bryant, Dave McCracken, Deborah McGlothlin, Rodney McGlothlin and Carnell Smith with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.
"These pins symbolize our appreciation for those who served in a very difficult time," said Formica. "We are honored to have you standing in front of us today."
With the event, IMCOM-Europe joined more than 10,000 other U.S. organizations thanking those veterans who served between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975.
Such ceremonies are part of a greater effort to acknowledge Vietnam veterans through a national commemoration established as part of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Since 2012, 1.5 million veterans and their families have been honored during public ceremonies.
The official commemoration is scheduled to continue through Nov. 11, 2025, to reflect the length of time that so many Americans served in and during the war.
The front of the pin presented to each IMCOM honoree features an eagle, a laurel wreath on a blue ring, and stars and stripes. Each graphical element has a distinct meaning. The eagle represents honor, courage and dedicated service, whereas the color blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. The reverse side of the lapel pin features the message "A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You."