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, Representative Katharine Watson, Legislative District 144, and Senator Charles McIlhinney, Senatorial District 10, would like to invite those veterans to a commemorative ceremony on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The event will be held at Byers' Choice starting at 6:30 p.m.
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 November 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 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.
Exclusive Vietnam Veteran lapel pins will be formally presented to each veteran in a dignified ceremony during the commemorative event to recognize United States military veterans of the Vietnam War era with a lasting memento of our nation's thanks.
We are honored to announce that David A. Christian will be the keynote speaker. Mr. Christian was active in the United States Army as a sergeant, lieutenant and captain during the Vietnam War and is a member of the veterans, military, political and law enforcement communities. As a lieutenant in South Vietnam, he was wounded in action seven times and awarded several medals including the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism. He now leads the way in securing the best in legislation, benefits, business and political meetings through his consulting agency. He is also a veterans and military benefit activist; expert consultant to ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN; and presently is employed as a consultant with Fox News Network. He has worked as contributing expert on hundreds of radio, television and print media experiences as well as numerous historic TV documentaries.
Musical arrangements will be provided by the Veterans Association of Military Musicians (VAMM). An organization of retired, active and reserve military musicians performing musical ensembles featuring flutes, oboes, bassoons, alto saxophones, tenor saxophones, baritone saxophones, French horns, clarinets, bass clarinets, trumpets, trombones, euphoniums, tubas, percussions and string bands.
To ensure all Vietnam Veterans residing in the 144th District are recognized for their bravery and sacrifice, we ask you to share this information with friends and family members who have served.
Please register for the event by contacting Representative Watson's Warrington office at 215-343-8090 or register online at www.kathywatson144.com
- click on the Vietnam Veteran link and complete the online registration form.