On Saturday morning, December 7, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., Vietnam veterans from Wilkes and the surrounding counties have an opportunity to take part in a long overdue public recognition of their military service at a certificate and lapel pin presentation ceremony at Washington First United Methodist Church, located at 100 West Liberty Street in Washington (30673).

Georgia Department of Veterans Service Commissioner Mike Roby will present the State’s Certificate of Honor and the Defense Department’s Commemorative Lapel Pin to Vietnam veterans who sign up for the ceremony. Both are presented for honorable military service during the Vietnam War era. 

The deadline to sign up is 5 p.m., Friday, November 15, 2019.

“It is never the wrong time to say thank you to a veteran, and that is especially true for the many Vietnam War veterans who were never properly thanked when they returned home,” said Commissioner Roby.  “We hope to eventually present every Georgia veteran with a Certificate of Honor recognizing their service during the Vietnam War.”

Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War (from June 1, 1954 to May 15, 1975) is eligible to receive this certificate. This includes veterans with service in-country and those who served in other capacities.

Vietnam veterans interested in participating should contact the GDVS Central Office via email at bzeringue@vs.state.ga.us with their DD Form 214 attached, or fax their information (name, address, and phone number) and DD Form 214 to 404-656-7006.

Submissions should be marked with “Washington Certificates.” For more information call Brian Zeringue, GDVS Director of Public Information, at 404-656-5933.

Vietnam veterans may also receive this honor posthumously. Surviving spouses may receive the state certificate and a Defense Department Certificate of Honor and lapel pin as long as the required documentation (veteran’s DD Form 214) is presented with the sign up application.

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The state’s recognition of these veterans is part of the U. S. Department of Defense’s 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. The Georgia Department of Veterans Service continues the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program which began in the spring of 2015 with the support and cooperation of the Office of former Governor Nathan Deal. Governor Brian Kemp has continued the program.

The Georgia Vietnam War Certificate of Honor is personalized with the Vietnam War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo. They are signed by Governor Kemp and Commissioner Roby.

Of the over 28,000 certificates issued since March 2015, over 22,000 have been presented in over 341 “Certificate & Lapel Pin” honors ceremonies across Georgia.

There are over 5,700 veterans who reside in Wilkes and the bordering counties, many of whom are Vietnam veterans.

Additional information about the Certificate of Honor Program and other veteran benefits is available at www.veterans.ga.gov.


  • Occurred Saturday, December 7th, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Washington First United Methodist Church

100 West Liberty Street
Washington, GA 30673


Brian Zeringue