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Vietnam veterans in Dauphin County invited to ceremony honoring them

Posted 12/6/17

Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s office and state Sen. John DiSanto will honor local veterans of the Vietnam War during a …

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Vietnam veterans in Dauphin County invited to ceremony honoring them

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Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s office and state Sen. John DiSanto will honor local veterans of the Vietnam War during a ceremony Jan. 9 at American Legion Post 272, 505 N. Mountain Road, Linglestown.

“Supporting and thanking our veterans who have fought hard for our freedom is one of our top priorities,” said Pries, who has oversight of the county’s Veterans Affairs office.  “We want to ensure all Vietnam War veterans are recognized and remembered.”

During the ceremony, veterans will be presented a commemorative pin from Toomey’s office and a certificate of recognition from the commissioners and DiSanto.

“Unlike soldiers of more recent wars, many of those courageous service members didn’t receive a warm welcome home,” said Haste. “Although decades have passed since the war ended, we must continue to pay tribute to veterans and fallen soldiers who sacrificed everything for America in Vietnam.”

To be eligible for the pin and medallion, the recipient must be a living veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces between Feb. 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975, regardless of service location.

Eligible veterans are asked to call Colleen Washinger, of Dauphin County Veterans Affairs, at 717-780-6356 by Dec. 22. 

“Our commonwealth’s Vietnam veterans bravely served this country and it’s an honor for my office to recognize them for their service,” Toomey said. “For over half a century, many of these veterans have been unsung heroes. I encourage all Vietnam War veterans in Dauphin County and in the surrounding areas to participate in this recognition event.”

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony will begin at noon.

“As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, it is important to take this opportunity to show our appreciation for the Americans who served on active duty during these wartime years,” DiSanto said.

“I am honored to recognize the contribution and sacrifices of these veterans on behalf of their country,” he added.

For more information about services for veterans, visit www.DauphinCounty.org.

 

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