Community members are asked to submit a veteran's:
- Branch of service
- Dates served during the Vietnam conflict/war (August 3, 1950 - May 7, 1975)
along with a phone number and address to Walk of Heroes Board of Directors member Bob Atkinson, who served in the Marines during Vietnam. Atkinson can be contacted at 404-376-7812 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers with the Walk of Heroes Veterans Memorial are stepping up to the plate to make sure every Vietnam veteran in Georgia is personally recognized for his or her service as part of a statewide campaign to individually honor each of Georgia's 234,000 living Vietnam era veterans.
On Monday, March 30, Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Veteran's Service and the nation's 50th Anniversary Observance of the Vietnam War, kicked off the four-year long campaign by presenting certificates to a group of Vietnam veterans, including volunteers with the Walk of Heroes, at the state Capitol.
Those WOH volunteers and veterans honored included: WOH Board of Directors members Bob Atkinson, Charles King, Pete Mecca, Buddy Roebuck; WOH Board of Directors President Tommy Clack; Vietnam Moving Wall sponsor Roger Rehorn; State President of the GA Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club Jim Bledsoe; State and SE Coordinator of the "Wounded Warrior" Program for Safari Club International Dick Caillouet.
The Walk of Heroes will be collecting the name, branch of service, rank, and dates served during the Vietnam conflict/war (between August 3, 1950 - May 7, 1975) of as many Vietnam-era veterans they can and will submit them to the Ga. Dept. of Veterans Services to obtain a personalized Certificate of Honor. Those certificates will then be presented in ceremonies organized by the Walk of Heroes and other community groups.
Clubs, churches, civic groups, businesses or any other groups are encouraged to collect those four pieces of information for their members who are Vietnam-era veterans and submit it to the Walk of Heroes.
"This opportunity will run for four years," said WOH President Tommy Clack. "The Walk of Heroes wishes to maximize the opportunity of every such Veteran to receive this earned honor."
Community members can submit a veteran's information along with a phone number and address - this information will not be shared with anyone else or any other groups - to Walk of Heroes Board of Directors member Bob Atkinson, who served in the Marines during Vietnam. Atkinson can be contacted at 404-376-7812 or email@example.com
Due to turnaround time for the certificates, ceremonies might not start until May at the earliest.