Press Release

Thursday, September 18

AWB Pays Tribute to Vietnam War Veterans

Gen. Stanley McChrystal (retired) joins Washington's largest business group to honor veterans in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War

CLE ELUM — As part of the nation's official commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the Association of Washington Business and retired four-star Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal honored veterans and their families Wednesday during AWB's annual Policy Summit.

More than a dozen AWB members took the stage at the Suncadia Resort to be recognized for answering their nation's call during the Vietnam War era.

As "God Bless the USA" played and flags waved on wall-size screens, AWB President Kris Johnson unfurled the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Flag bearing the insignia, "A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You." McChrystal, who was the Policy Summit keynote speaker, posed for a group photo with the veterans before each of them attended a private reception with the former top American and international commander in Afghanistan for individual photographs.

Johnson said that Vietnam-era veterans saw America through one of the most challenging times and missions our country has ever known.

"On behalf of Washington's business community, we want to thank and honor the veterans of the Vietnam War and their families. We pay tribute to the contributions and sacrifice of more than 3 million servicemen and women, especially the 58,000 patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice," Johnson said. "We will always remember, we will always honor, we will always salute your service. A grateful nation thanks you."

AWB, Washington state’s chamber of commerce, is an official Department of Defense partner in the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, which honors the fighting men and women of the Vietnam War era, as well as their families, PIO/MIA, and others who contributed to America's wartime effort.

A photo of the ceremony is available online at

About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,100 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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