The event was hosted by the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Stonewall Jackson Chapter. Supporting partners for the regional event included the Town of Vinton, the Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Roanoke County, the Roanoke Valley Veterans Council, and the Salem VA Medical Center.
The program included a musical prelude by the 29th Division Band, remarks from guest speaker Brigadier General John Rose, presentation of Vietnam Veteran lapel pins to 18 local heroes, and a wreath-laying ceremony at the High Ground Monument.
US Army (Ret.) Colonel John Miller and Vinton Mayor Brad Grose welcomed veterans and their families.
Other distinguished guests in attendance included Representative Ben Cline, Virginia Delegates Chris Head and Joe McNamara, Roanoke City Mayor Sherman Lea, Phil North from the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, Salem Vice Mayor Jane Johnson, Salem VA Medical Center Director Rebecca Stackhouse, and Roanoke City…