By Jackie Hampton,
Publisher, The Mississippi Link,
David Walker, director of the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center, said just prior to pinning Socrates Garrett, president & CEO of Garrett Enterprises ECI, with the Vietnam Veteran’s Lapel Pin in his office February 4, “As senior executive over this facility and as a Mississippi Veteran myself, it would be my honor to pin you with this Vietnam Service War Pin.” Garret, who served during the Vietnam war era from 1969-1971 said, “It is my honor to accept.”
Walker explained that in 2012 the 50th anniversary commission was set up to commemorate all of those who served during the Vietnam era from 1955-1975 regardless of where they served.
The symbol of the eagle on the pin represents courage, honor and dedicated service to our nation. The stripes behind the eagle represent the American Flag and “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You” is embossed on the back of the pin, closest to the heart of the wearer.
Walker said to Garrett if he knows of any veterans that are in need, such as being homeless, or in risk of being homeless, to please give them his contact information because their mission is to serve veterans.
The two men discussed the pinning over a year ago while sitting together at the unveiling ceremony which recognized the naming of the Thad Cochran United States Courthouse in Jackson.
Garrett thanked Walker and said he would wear his pin with pride.