Commemorative Ceremony Honoring Vietnam Era Veterans
Thank you to everyone who attended the Nov. 10 ceremony. It was a heartfelt and moving evening, and we appreciate all of our veterans and their guests for attending, along with all of our partners, vendors, donors and organizations for their participation.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. To recognize, thank and honor United States military veterans who served during the Vietnam War era, regardless of station location, Rep. Katharine Watson, Legislative District 144; Rep. Bernie O’Neill, Legislative District 29; and Rep. Bernie O’Neill, Legislative District 29, and Sen. Charles McIlhinney, Senatorial District 10, invited those veterans to a commemorative ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at Byers’ Choice in Chalfont.
This national commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense, and launched by the President in 2007. The Secretary of Defense is partnering with local leaders to conduct these programs on behalf of the nation to thank and honor Vietnam Era Veterans who served from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war, listed as missing in action for their service and sacrifice, and to honor families of these veterans. We will also pay tribute to contributions made on the home front during the Vietnam War. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, 9 million Americans served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the period of the Vietnam War and approximately 7 million are living today.
To read the press release issued after the event, click here.
To view the video of the ceremony, click here. (It is approximately one hour in length.)
|Sixteen-year-old GySgt. Luke Sliwinski delivered a very touching speech to the Vietnam Veterans who attended the event on Nov.10. Since the event, we have had several requests for a copy of his poignant words. Luke is a youth motivational speaker, speaking at youth groups, retirement homes, Rotary Clubs, and schools throughout the tri-state area on leadership and the sacrifices our warfighters make. He volunteers with Operation Ward 57 and at the age of 11 personally spearheaded Operation Ward 57’s “Honor & Courage Program.” A program designed to support our warriors with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). To date, Luke has personally raised over $40,000 for our wounded heroes. If you are a veteran, service member, family member or caregiver and are struggling or just need someone to talk to, the phone line is available 24/7 at 267-210-6956.