As news coverage on COVID-19 continues to dominate and grip our nation, it should come as no surprise that the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War commemorative event sponsored by DAR Color Country Chapter and hosted by Southern Utah Veterans Home (SUVH) March 27 has been postponed to a later date.
An estimated four to five hundred were expected to attend the event, which in itself posed too much of a public health risk to both attendees and the SUVH residents, many of whom are in the at-risk age group. This decision was reached days before CDC published its recent guidelines to dissuade public gatherings of 100 or more, which has since been further reduced to 50 or more.
In a statement, the SUVH administration said, “We feel that in light of the current situation it is prudent to postpone this event and look forward to seeing this rescheduled in the future.”
DAR Color Country Chapter leadership jointly concurred with the postponement measure. Valerie King, regent of Color Country Chapter, would like to point out that this is a postponement and not a cancellation; a new date will be announced at a later date.
To date, over 175 Vietnam veterans pre-registered for the March event. Many of these individuals have already been notified and the balance will hear soon from the chapter as they work through the process. For those who did not pre-register but are interested in the future event that will most likely occur in the fall of 2020, note that names are still being collected by Color Country Chapter.
If you served in the military between Nov 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975 (in-country, in-theater or stationed elsewhere during this time period), simply send your name, branch of service and rank at the end of your service period to [email protected].