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Thornton ceremony honors Vietnam veterans


The Front Range chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored 102 Vietnam-era veterans and five families from across the Denver Metro area March 27 with pins and a ceremony.

Morgana Meader, regent of the Front Range chapter, said her group gave special commemorative pins to 77 veterans or their families at the March 27 ceremony at the Elks Lodge in Northglenn.

“It’s something we’ve been trying to do for the past couple of years,” Meader said.

They honored 152 Vietnam veterans from Broomfield in 2016 and 163 from across the metro area last year.

Stan Paprocki, president of the Denver chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America said those kinds of ceremonies are important even in 2018.

“It’s important now because it was not considered important before,” Paprocki said. “It’s meaningful and just one way to say thanks to all of the Vietnam vets who didn’t get thanks when they came back originally.”

The Thornton ceremony was part of the 50th anniversary of the war which began as presidential proclamation in 2012 and continues through Veterans Day 2025. The year 2025 will be the 50th anniversary of the end of war, which ended on April 30, 1975.


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