(Posted Sept. 12, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 746 was chartered 25 years ago. To celebrate the anniversary, the chapter is hosting an open house for all Vietnam-era veterans and members of the Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
“The open house is for companionship and a time to talk,” said Dave Cunningham, VVA 746 commander and charter member.
The celebration is scheduled for Sept. 25 starting at 1 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7005, 1 Veterans Way, West Jefferson. Barbecue will be served. Admission is free.
Chapter 746 was established to give recognition to Vietnam-era veterans, as well as opportunities for them to be involved in the community. In the early years, the chapter had a color guard and chapter members would speak to students at schools.
These days, members decorate veterans’ graves prior to Memorial Day each year at Somerford Township, St. Patrick Catholic and Oak Hill cemeteries. They also collect worn and tattered American flags and hold an annual flag disposal ceremony in the fall.
The chapter has 10 to 15 dedicated members and is open to more members. Membership applications will be available at the 25th anniversary celebration. A life membership costs $50. The chapter meets monthly at various veterans organization posts around Madison County.