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Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Pinning Ceremony

Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Pinning Ceremony

Congressman Jamie Raskin will be hosting a series of Vietnam War 50th Commemoration pinning ceremonies to honor Vietnam-era veterans in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.  The pinning ceremony is part of an ongoing national effort to honor all Vietnam-era veteran military service members who were on active duty between November 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of where they served.  These veterans are eligible to receive a Vietnam Veteran lapel pin at the ceremony.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration was established in the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, highlight their service, and pay tribute to their contributions. It started with a presidential event at the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial on May 28, 2012, and will run through Veterans Day, November 11, 2025.

At the 8th District pinning ceremony, veterans will be publicly presented with commemorative lapel pins as a lasting memento of the nation's thanks. The front of the lapel pin displays an eagle positioned in front of an American Flag, and surrounded by a blue laurel wreath. The back of the pin contains the message: “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You,” and includes the official name of the Commemoration.

To participate and be recognized in the ceremony, veterans or family members must fill out an application here. If available, you may also submit your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214). (Please note: the DD-214 is not required to receive a pin or participate in the ceremony. If you would like help obtaining your DD-214, please contact Christa Burton in our Rockville District Office at 301-354-1000 or

For any questions, please contact Christa Burton in Congressman Raskin’s Rockville District Office at 301-354-1000.

Click here for Application for Pinning Ceremony