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Sgt. Maj. Micheal Sutterfield (left) and George Quick, a Vietnam War veteran, embrace during a celebration to honor Vietnam War veterans, on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Sgt. Maj. Micheal Sutterfield (left) and George Quick, a Vietnam War veteran, embrace during a celebration to honor Vietnam War veterans, on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Sgt. Maj. Micheal Sutterfield (left) and George Quick, a Vietnam War veteran, embrace during a celebration to honor Vietnam War veterans, on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Sgt. Maj. Micheal Sutterfield (left) and George Quick, a Vietnam War veteran, embrace during a celebration to honor Vietnam War veterans, on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Vietnam War Veteran pins ready to be pinned on servicemembers who served from 1955 to 1975, to honor Vietnam War veterans, on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Vietnam War Veteran pins ready to be pinned on servicemembers who served from 1955 to 1975, to honor Vietnam War veterans, on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Sgt. Maj. Micheal Sutterfield (left), Eli Guerrero, a Vietnam War veteran, and Carrie Cammel, the general manager of the Grafenwoehr Exchange, cut the celebratory cake to honor Vietnam War veterans, on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Sgt. Maj. Micheal Sutterfield (left), Eli Guerrero, a Vietnam War veteran, and Carrie Cammel, the general manager of the Grafenwoehr Exchange, cut the celebratory cake to honor Vietnam War veterans, on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Sgt. Maj. Micheal Sutterfield pins a Vietnam War Veteran pin on to Eli Guerrero during a celebration to honor Vietnam War veterans, on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Sgt. Maj. Micheal Sutterfield pins a Vietnam War Veteran pin on to Eli Guerrero during a celebration to honor Vietnam War veterans, on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
A cake at the celebration to honor Vietnam War veterans, on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Grafenwoehr, Germany.
A cake at the celebration to honor Vietnam War veterans, on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria honored Vietnam War-era veterans on Friday at a celebration inside the post exchange.

The event was part of the National Vietnam War Veterans Day celebrated each March 29th.

President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017. Formerly, the day was called Vietnam Veterans Day.

The ceremony at Grafenwoehr was one of several similar events at exchanges around the world.

During the ceremony, Vietnam War Veteran pins were awarded to veterans who served anywhere in the U.S. military between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975.

Cake was served to veterans and shoppers as well, and Command Sgt. Maj. Micheal Sutterfield addressed the crowd to remind them of how poorly Vietnam War veterans were treated when they returned to the United States after their tours.

“We want to make sure that what happened to (Vietnam War veterans), never happens again,” Sutterfield said.

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