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Town of Cortlandt to honor Vietnam War Veterans in ceremony on Thursday

Vietnam veterans War Memorial at Cortlandt Town Hall Photo Credit: Town of Cortlandt

On Thursday, March 28 at 3:30 pm, the Town of Cortlandt invites the public to the front lawn of Cortlandt Town Hall at the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial, where they will hold the 2024 Town of Cortlandt’s Vietnam War Veterans Day ceremony. The ceremony will pay tribute to the brave men and women who served our country during the Vietnam War. If it rains, the ceremony will be moved to the Vincent F. Nyberg General Meeting Room. 

Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than 50 years ago.

The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, signed into law in 2017 by President Donald J. Trump, officially designates March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

On March 29, 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil. It is also the date President Nixon chose for the first Vietnam Veterans Day in 1974.

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that today there are more than 7 million U.S. Vietnam veterans living in America and abroad, along with 10 million families of those who served during this timeframe. 

Vietnam War Commemoration History & Legacy (VWC H&L) on Vimeo

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As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]