– Rep. David Millard (R-Columbia) will be hosting two veterans’ events on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Central Columbia High School, located at 4777 Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg
The first event will be Millard’s fifth Annual Veterans Expo, taking place from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will feature numerous vendors and exhibitors distributing information that will be directly helpful to veterans. All veterans are invited to attend regardless of location, branch or years of service.
“These brave men and women have risked their lives to protect our nation both at home and abroad, and we must never allow ourselves to take them for granted,” said Millard. “I am proud to host this event as a way to express our undying gratitude for our veterans.”
The second event, immediately following the expo, will be a pinning ceremony exclusively for Columbia County Vietnam-era veterans. Pins will be distributed to recognize, thank and honor United States military veterans who served during the Vietnam War era between Nov 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975. Veterans are not required to have served in Vietnam, only during that 20-year period.
The pin features a symbolic design to honor and represent the bravery of those veterans and the nation:
• The Eagle
- The eagle represents courage, honor and dedicated service to our nation. As one of the most recognizable and notable American symbols, it is emblazoned with distinction on numerous military insignia.
• Blue Circle
- The color blue matches the canton of the American flag and signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice. The circle shape and blue color also match the official seal of the Commemoration.
• Laurel Wreath
- A time-honored symbol representing victory, integrity; and strength.
- The stripes behind the eagle represent the American flag.
- The six stars represent the six allies who served, sacrificed and fought alongside one another: Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Thailand and the United States.
- "A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You" is embossed on the back, closest to the heart of the wearer. Also, the official name of the Commemoration is included to remind each veteran that this is a national initiative, and this lapel pin is the nation's lasting memento of thanks.'
Columbia County veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces who qualify for a pin would need to call the Berwick district office (570-759-8734) or the Bloomsburg Office (570-387-0246) and give the following information: name, address, phone number, military branch and dates of service.
Representative David Millard
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Kevin DiGuiseppe
717.260.6419 (office), 610.937.4679 (cell)