Vietnam veterans honored with lunch by DAR members

Event tied to ongoing commemoration of U.S. involvement

The Daily Times staff
Dave Rhoden, left, and Richard Neuenschwander eat a meal provided by the Desert Gold chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution outside the Farmington Vet Center on Tuesday.

FARMINGTON — The members of the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter served a meal for veterans today as part of ongoing activities designed to recognize the 50th anniversary of American involvement in the Vietnam War.

Viola Kelly of the Desert Gold chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution speaks before a meal for veterans held at the Farmington Vet Center on Tuesday.

The Desert Gold chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution served about 65 veterans a meal at the Farmington Vet Center at 4251 E. Main St., Suite A.

It is the third annual event the organization has held to recognize veterans from the Vietnam War, vice regent Linda Smith said.

The Desert Gold chapter is hosting annual events across a five-year period after it installed a 50th anniversary memorial at Vietnam Veterans Park, 3801 N. Butler Ave., in 2016.

Ronnie Martinez, left, and Vicky Martinez eat a meal provided by the Desert Gold chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution outside the Farmington Vet Center on Tuesday.

Many of the veterans who served in the Vietnam War were not welcomed home or honored when they returned from the war, Smith said. She hopes the event will recognize those veterans and show appreciation for their service.

Then-President Barack Obama signed a proclamation in 2012 declaring the United States would commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war over a 13-year time frame.

Carole Ely, left, serves Wanette Bausch during a meal hosted by the Desert Gold chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Farmington Vet Center on Tuesday.