Dauphin County Commissioners, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey's Office and State Senator John DiSanto to honor Vietnam War veterans
HARRISBURG, PA (December 5, 2017) – Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s Office and Pennsylvania Senator John DiSanto will honor local veterans of the Vietnam War during a ceremony on January 9, 2018, at the American Legion Post 272, 505 N. Mountain Rd., in 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 to 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 December 22.
“They served with courage and commitment when our country called upon them,” said Hartwick. “We’re proud to honor their legacy with our deepest gratitude.”
“Our Commonwealth’s Vietnam veterans bravely served this country and it’s an honor for my office to recognize them for their service,” said Toomey. “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., and 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,” said DiSanto. “I am honored to recognize the contribution and sacrifices of these veterans on behalf of their country.”
For more information about services for veterans, please visit www.DauphinCounty.org.