A Veterans Day program in Oak Ridge on Thursday will pay tribute to thoseÂ who served and died in Vietnam.
The featured speaker is Freddie J. Owens, who was wounded in combat twice in Vietnam and is a survivor of the 1962 Ia Drang Valley battle, the first major battle between the U.S. Army and the North Vietnam Army, a press release said. Owens will discuss his experiences serving in Vietnam as a squad leader with the 1st Calvary Division (Air Assault).
Thursday’s program, titledÂ â€œOur Forgotten Heroes,â€Â is hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office, and it is open to the public. It will start at 10 a.m. Thursday atÂ the American Museum of Science and Energy atÂ 200 S. Tulane Ave.
Owens’ military decorations include the Combat Infantry Badge, Air-Assault Badge with Star Cluster, Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart with Cluster, Air Medal with Combat Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) Gallantry Cross, and Army Commendation medal.
The press release saidÂ Armistice Day was founded more than 90 years ago to recognize the sacrifices made by World War I veterans. Nov. 11 was the day chosen for the celebration and remembrance. It coincided with the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th monthâ€”Nov. 11, 1918, when the armistice was signed, ending the war.
More than 48 million veterans have served the United States since its birth in 1776, and almost half are still alive today, the press release said. One of every 10 people in the country is a veteran.
For more information concerning OROâ€™s Veteranâ€™s Support Group program, contact Ballard Jackson at the DOE Oak Ridge Office at (865) 241-6137 or [email protected].