Harrisburg –Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) and Senator Pat Toomey sponsored a ceremony honoring U.S. Vietnam War Veterans on April 12, 2018 at the Red Hill Fire Company Banquet Hall.
Authorized by Congress, established under the secretary of defense, and launched by the president in May 2012, the Vietnam War Commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of duty location. By presidential proclamation, the commemoration extends from its inaugural event on Memorial Day 2012 through Veterans Day 2025. 83 veterans and their guests attended the event.
The program began with welcoming remarks from Senator Mensch and was followed by Dr. Jim Arcieri, Pastor, from the Community Bible Fellowship Church who provided an invocation. The 55th Brigade Support Battalion presented the colors and veterans proceeded to say the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the national anthem.
Veterans then had an opportunity to listen to special remarks from several guest speakers. Senator Mensch first shared his appreciation to the veterans for their service. “Our Vietnam veterans deserve a wealth of praise for their service and I’m honored to be able to have this event as a small token of our appreciation,” said Mensch. “We thank and honor the veterans of the Vietnam War for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States. We also thank and honor their families.”
Additional remarks were made by Major General (RET) Walter T. Lord, President of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, Brigadier General Michael J. Regan, Jr. Deputy Adjutant General from the Air for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Colonel Bob DeSousa, JA, on behalf of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey.
Following the remarks, the veterans were called up individually and presented with their commemorative pins by all four speakers.
The event concluded with a blessing by Dr. Arcieri and the retiring of the colors.
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