KINGSPORT — More than 100 Vietnam War veterans were honored for their service by Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger at a special presentation on Monday afternoon.

The event took place at the Kingsport Higher Education Center, with veterans receiving a lapel pin and a congressional commendation certificate in recognition of their service. The ceremony is a continuation of a tradition started by Harshbarger’s predecessor, Phil Roe.

“It’s my pleasure to recognize your service to our country and for all that you’ve done for us,” Harshbarger said. “And we’d like to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we hold dear.”

Monday’s event in Kingsport was one of three held that day, with similar ones held in Bristol and Elizabethton. Harshbarger has partnered with the U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration — a nationwide 50th anniversary recognition that began in 2012, to find and honor Vietnam era veterans.

Tennessee has approximately 150,000 Vietnam era veterans. More than 1,500 of these veterans have signed up for the lapel pins and certificate through Harshbarger’s office. If you would like to sign up to receive one, you can do so at