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Vietnam veterans to receive certificates
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More than 100 Vietnam War veterans will receive certificates of honor this week to recognize their service during the war.

The certificate of honor program was established by Gov. Nathan Deal to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the start of the war.

According to the Georgia Department of Veterans Service website, there are 234,000 Vietnam War veterans in Georgia.

Chad Chaffee, event organizer and member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 789, said the certificate program is part of the official welcome home of Vietnam veterans .

"The governor, also being a Vietnam vet, wanted to do something that showed recognition and welcome home" to Georgia’s Vietnam veterans, Chaffee said.

The local ceremony is scheduled for Friday at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center, 2140 E. Oglethorpe Highway in Flemington. Participants are asked to be there by 4 p.m. and, "They’re welcome to bring any family members, friends — whatever they want — to come to this ceremony," Chaffee said. The ceremony will start at 5 p.m.

Veterans will be recognized individually as they receive their certificates, according to Chaffee.

Mike Roby, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, will be the guest speaker. Fort Stewart leaders are also expected attendance.

Eligible veterans who would like to receive a certificate at a future ceremony may call Chaffee at 912-369-5378.

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