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Posted on: March 23, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Vietnam War Veterans Day Ceremony held March 29 at the public library

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The South Hadley American Legion Post 260, South Hadley Sons of the American Legion, South Hadley VFW Post 3104 & The Military Order of the Purple Heart invite fellow veterans and a grateful public to South Hadley's National Vietnam War Veterans Day Commemoration at the South Hadley Public Library, Wednesday, March 29 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments for all.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day recognizes the sacrifices veterans and their families made during the Vietnam War. It is also a day to properly recognize our veterans who served anywhere in the world from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975. In 2012, President Obama officially proclaimed March 29 as “Vietnam War Veterans Day,” and In 2017 that date was established officially and permanently by law, signed by President Donald Trump.

Please join us for light refreshments followed by veteran speakers and special recognition to the honored guests, our Vietnam veterans. The event will also honor and remember those service members from South Hadley, Holyoke, and Granby with a wreath-laying ceremony and the sounding of taps for those who made the supreme sacrifice during the Vietnam War. A special tribute will also be paid to our Gold Star families. This event will include the dedication of two new signs honoring Vietnam veterans that will be placed on both sides of the South Hadley / Holyoke Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge that connects the two communities. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the return of American POWs who were held captive throughout the war. Special recognition will be given to that significant event as we honor those who sacrificed for our nation as Prisoners of War.

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