Prior to Memorial Day, in small cemeteries across the nation, surviving members of the 589th Engineer
Battalion Association – Vietnam will conduct flower placing ceremonies to honor each of the 26 individuals who died while serving with the unit in Vietnam. This is the third consecutive year members of the 589th Association have sponsored this program.
The list includes Anthony “Tony” Duty, of Neon. A ceremony for Duty starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Green Acres Cemetery near Whitesburg.
“These flower placing ceremonies have been in the making for nearly 50 years. It is time we put aside the stigma of having fought in Viet- nam to honor those who honored us by making the supreme sacrifice,” said Perry Blanchfield, association chairman.
Charles Begley of Stanton, Kentucky, Johnny Tacket of Virgie, Kentucky and Perry Blanchfield of Dawson, Georgia will lead the Honor Our Fallen ceremony for Anthony Duty at Green Acres Cemetery.
Spec 4 Duty, 20, was lost in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam on June 7, 1969. He served with A Company of the 589th Engineer Battalion. Survivors include his cousin, Kevin Duty of Neon.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend.
For details, contact Bob Spencer, 589th Engineer Battalion Association – Vietnam, at 701-303- 0282, bspencer@589thEngineers.com or write to 303 75th Street West, Williston, ND 58801.