More than 14 events scheduled to recognize Vietnam era Veterans

Thursday, March 7, 2019 8:07 am
More than 14 events scheduled to recognize Vietnam era Veterans

Governor set to lay wreath at capitol March 26

Lt. Gov. to speak in Camden March 28

Veterans can still register for more than 14 events scheduled statewide for National Vietnam Veterans Day and the United States of American Vietnam War Commemoration

Arkansas Lieutenant Governor, Tim Griffin, is scheduled to speak at a Welcome Home Vietnam Commemoration for Southern Arkansas scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 28 at Cullendale 1st Baptist Church in Camden Arkansas.

The United States of American Vietnam War Commemoration honors all United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

The Camden event is open to registered veterans and their family members. Registered veteran participants will receive a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin and a certificate signed by the Governor.

Registration is necessary to have certificates signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson ready for presentation to the veteran at the event.

Veterans do not have to register for the Wreath Laying at the Capitol. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to lay a wreath 10 a.m. March 26 at the State Capitol. No pins or certificates will be presented at that event. It is open to the public.

The Wreath laying event is one of more than 15 such events scheduled around the state in or near the week of National Vietnam Veterans Day, which is March 29. The Camden event is the only known event scheduled in southern Arkansas.

Locally this event is being produced by Cullendale 1st Baptist Church, Ouachita County, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Cullendale 1st Baptist Church is located at 1850 Cash Road SW in Camden, Arkansas.

This event is part of the State of Arkansas, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs efforts to celebrate Vietnam Veterans with a ceremony in each part of the state the week of March 29.

To register for the Camden event, participants should sign up with their County Veteran Service Officer before March 15.

County Veterans service officers’ numbers are:

Ashley County Brandy Jo Dye Phone: 870-853-2070 Monday and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

Bradley County Dorothy Anders Mondays and Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: 870-226-3888

Calhoun County Roger Mills Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 870-798-2054

Chicot County Don Ogelvie Tues & Wed 8-4 Phone: 870-265-8035

Cleveland County Hallie Mull Monday and Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Phone: 870-325-7205

Columbia County Gregg Harrell Mon-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 870-235-3746

Dallas County Terry Thacker Mondays through Thursdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Phone: 870-352-3740

Desha County Al Murphy Mondays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 870 382 0408 and Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 870 222 4313

Drew County, Ray Hice, at 870 460 6290, 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays after 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.

Hempstead County Leon Prince Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays 8 a.m. to noon Phone: 870-722-8028.

Jefferson County Beatrice Goodloe Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Phone: 870-541-5495

Lafayette County Ben Butler Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: 870-921-4547

Lincoln County Norvell Dixon Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Phone: 870-628-4332

Miller County, Ray Harmon 870 779 3604 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

Ouachita county Jim Bob Davis Tuesdays through Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm Phone: 870-837-2216

Union County Danny Brown 870-864-1909 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays;

Veterans can also sign up for the Camden event by calling the district veteran service officer at (870) 623 6900.

The other state events are scheduled for:

Stone County -- 11 a.m. March 23 Vietnam Veterans Commemorative 50th Anniversary Parade & Ceremony 017 W. Main St, Mtn View AR 72560.

Fort Smith -- March 25 at American Legion Post 31 in Fort Smith. Only for post members. Contact post for more information.

River Valley – March 26 at 831 Ellis St, Chaffee Crossing USMC League Post Headquarters. Closed post members only. Contact post for more information.

Pulaski County – 10 a.m. March 26 State Capitol Wreath Laying at State Capitol open to all no registration required

Fort Smith – 10 a.m. March 27 at Golden Corral Restaurant Fort Smith.

Forrest City –noon March 27 at Salem Baptist Church Life Care Center, 109 Haven St in Forrest City. This is a Tri-County event St. Francis, Lee and Cross counties.

Madison County – 10:30 a.m. March 28 American Legion Post 137, Huntsville, AR

Blytheville – March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Ritz Civic Center Main Street Blytheville Arkansas

Pulaski County – 10: 30 a.m. March 29 Eugene Towbin VA Healthcare Center.

North Little Rock, AR 72114. Contact Eugene Towbin VA Healthcare Center to register.

Russellville – March 29 at 2 p.m. Vietnam Veterans Commemorative 50th Anniversary Parade & Ceremony Columbus Club 990 AR-247, Russellville, AR 72802.

Rector – March 30, outreach for veterans 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A parade at 2 p.m. and ceremony following the parade at Veterans Memorial Park in Rector

Jonesboro – March 31 at 2 p.m. Elks Lodge 2113 W. Washington Ave, Jonesboro, AR

To find your county veteran service officer or district veteran service officer go to and enter your zip code or county and then select “Find your ADVAcate”

The state wide celebrations are part of a wider national effort. More information on these can be found at the following links:

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