Have you ever heard of the Utah Cold War Victory Medal? Up ntil a few weeks ago, I knew nothing about it. The Cold War Victory Medal is given for honorable service in the United States Military between September 2, 1945, to December 26, 1991. It recognizes the men and women who may not have served on the frontlines of a battlefield but whose service in many ways protected our freedoms during the Cold War era. It’s estimated that 100,000 Utahns served in the military during this period, in various duties and places. In 2017, the Utah Legislators authorized the Victory Medal, and Utah became the fourth state in this nation to offer it to veterans.
If you or a family member were able to protect our great nation during this time as a military member (this includes Reservists and National Guard), please reach out to Larry at 801-776-4230, Andrew at 801-663-9947, or Jean at 385-206-7986 for more information. We would like to assemble a simple ceremony within Roy City to present this medal and honor those who served. For those applicable family members, let us not forget those veterans who have since passed away.
Today, we are in the midst of a different type of war, where the battlefield is in our communities and our defenders wear medical uniforms. They may not receive a medal of service, but their contribution is no less honorable and heroic. The pandemic continues, so please protect yourself and your family.
Mayor Robert Dandoy