Rep. Diana Harshbarger presented Vietnam War commemoration lapel pins to veterans of the Vietnam War on Monday at three different cities in her district. In this photo, Harshbarger, far right, listens as Carter County Mayor Patty Woodby thanks the veterans from Carter County for their service.

ELIZABETHTON — Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger saluted Vietnam War veterans in three separate events in Elizabethton, Bristol and Kingsport on Monday.

It was the second round of presenting Vietnam War commendation pins. The awarding of the pins began in 2012 in recognition of the war’s 50th anniversary.

Monday’s first presentation was at the Carter County Courthouse, where Harshbarger told the veterans “thank you for all you have done.” She said the lapel pins were “a token of gratitude for your service.”

The veterans and members of their families were called forward individually to receive the pins from Harshbarger.

Following the event in Carter County, the awards were then presented to Vietnam veterans in Bristol and Kingsport. Any Vietnam veteran can request the pins by signing up on Harshbarger’s website: https://harshbarger.house.gov.

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John Thompson covers Carter and Johnson counties for the Johnson City Press since 1998. He grew up in Washington County and graduated from University High and East Tennessee State University

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