Pieces of History announced the minting of a new 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medal which honors the service of all veterans of the Vietnam War.
The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War ribbon drape represents the flag of the Republic of Vietnam, which consists of a yellow field and three horizontal red stripes. It is flanked by stripes of green to represent the jungles of Vietnam. On the left side of the ribbon are stripes of red, white and blue representing the United States flag, and on the right side are stripes of white and black representing the POW-MIA flag.
On the front of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War medal is a dragon, often used in Vietnamese folklore and mythology and a recognizable symbol of Vietnam. Below the dragon is an enameled ribbon of the Vietnam Service medal, which was issued to all U.S. military personnel who served in Southeast Asia (including contiguous waters or airspace) from 1961-1975. The anniversary dates on the medal represent the date of the first official casualty to the end of the war in 1975.
On the reverse side of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War medal is an enameled POW-MIA flag, which serves “as a symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia”. Surrounding the POW/MIA Symbol are the words, “In Honor of Your Service – You are not Forgotten.