Local veterans were thanked and honored for their service during a Vietnam War commemoration program at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Philadelphia on March 29, hosted by commemorative partners including Troop Support from the Defense Logistics Agency.
“We recognize and pay special tribute to these individuals who have given far more than they have received,” said Army Col. Larry Dean, emcee and director of supply chain DLA Troop Support. Subsistence. “We honor them now for what they did then.”
The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed into law by the 45th U.S. President Donald J. Trump, designating each March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
“[This] marks the day the last American troops left Vietnam, March 29, 1973,” said keynote speaker Steven Uchniat, president of Vietnam Veterans of America Liberty Bell Chapter 266. “I am proud to be a Vietnam Veteran and for serving my country. .”
About 100 guests attended the event, including veterans, family members and active duty members.
“Today’s event, held on National Vietnam War Veterans Day, is the perfect time to remember, honor and thank Vietnam veterans for serving our country. , especially at a time when many have returned home to a mostly ungrateful nation,” the army brigadier said. Gen. Eric P. Shirley, DLA Troop Support Commander.
“Thanks to the courageous and selfless service of more than 3.2 million Vietnam veterans like you, our country is where it is today, and our nation is immensely grateful,” Shirley said.
The event culminated with Vietnam War veterans and their spouses in attendance receiving official Department of Defense commemorative pins, presented by members of the school’s Junior Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. high school Martin Luther King Jr.
Uchniat and other memorial partner speakers highlighted the sacrifices of local veterans, including the 648 Philadelphians who lost their lives in the Vietnam War whose names are engraved on the wall of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Wreaths were laid on the memorial stone at the event by representatives of several veterans organizations.
“[The event was] wonderful and it’s great to see everyone,” said Sung Nam, president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Korean Vietnam War Veterans. Nam also helped place one of the wreaths on the memorial wall.
Other hosting partners were the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial organization, the Corp. Michael J. Cresenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Association of the US Army Penn & Franklin Chapter. The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event.
The Memorial Partnership Program is designed for federal, state and local communities, veterans organizations and other non-governmental organizations to help a grateful nation thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families, according to the program website.
|Date posted:||04.04.2022 09:03|
|Location:||PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, USA|
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