Reminder: Kowall and Proos honoring Vietnam era veterans at Bridgman event

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. John Proos on Wednesday reminded interested parties of a Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony this Friday, Feb. 24 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Proos, R-St. Joseph, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Bridgman to give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. They encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them in paying tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration (VWC), will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Bridgman American Legion Post 331, 4241 Legion St., in Bridgman.

For more information about the event or to RSVP, call Post Commander Dave Mutz at 269-465-4032 and leave a message, or email American Legion Ladies Auxiliary President Kim Knuth at

The lawmakers will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

Michigan American Legion State Commander Larry Money will attend the ceremony, and Sons of the American Legion Bridgman Post 331 will post colors along with bagpiper Jodie Godush (who will also sing the national anthem). To honor our fallen heroes, Jodie will play Amazing Grace and Larry Burwell will perform Taps at the end of the event.

Kowall has held numerous lapel pinning ceremonies, both in Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

Proos said we live in the land of liberty today because of the tremendous sacrifice of America’s veterans, and our Vietnam veterans deserve our respect and appreciation for answering the nation’s call to service and defending our freedom.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at