HPOU and Operation Lone Star will recognize HPD’s Vietnam veterans at November meeting

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU and Operation Lone Star will do its part in the U. S. Department of Defense’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Honoring Vietnam veterans will continue to be a primary part of the special commemoration.

All Vietnam War veterans currently in the Houston Police Department will be specially recognized in the Union’s Nov. 3 general membership meeting.

Operation Lone Star president Jim Conley (HPD Retired) said the event will be very similar to a ceremony at a recent meeting of the Houston Police Retired Officers Association “in which we recognized Vietnam and Vietnam Era veterans who are members.

“Each veteran received a t-shirt and a Vietnam Veteran lapel pin.”

Conley supplied a picture of the HPROA group and it contains quite a number of retired officers. How many Vietnam veterans are still in HPD is unknown. Conley dared to say most are retired.

Conley admitted that he doesn’t know how many Vietnam veterans are currently on the force and suggested that each of them email him so he can get as accurate a head count as possible. His email address is jconley7@comcast.net.

Operation Lone Star-Texans Supporting Our Troops is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting our active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families.

“HPOU is our strongest supporter,” Conley said. “We requested the opportunity to thank the Board of Directors and the members for being there for Operation Lone Star and the veterans and military personnel we serve. We specifically asked for time at the November meeting because Veterans Day is Nov. 11 and we felt it to be the most appropriate time.

“We will also have a presentation recognizing HPD/HPOU military veterans. First we will recognize Vietnam and Vietnam Era veterans. The Department of Defense is currently honoring all Vietnam and Vietnam Era veterans with a Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

“These great veterans of the military service,” Conley said, “are receiving special recognition for their service during a difficult time in our country’s history.

“We will then honor our remaining veterans and each will also receive a “Proudly Served-Veteran” lapel pin.

“Due to the limited amount of lapel pins we will give only one to each veteran. Partners and/or HPD friends must be present to receive a lapel pin.”

Conley also added, “As a Vietnam veteran and the father of two veterans, I look forward to honoring our HPD veterans at the November meeting.”