April 3:  A salute to Vietnam veterans

April 3:  A salute to Vietnam veterans


National Vietnam War Veterans Day is marked each year on March 29; a significant date in America's decade-long involvement in the conflict.

On March 29, 1973, the last American combat troops departed Vietnam.

More than 9 million members of the U.S. military were on active duty during the Vietnam era. Of that group, 2,709,918 served in Vietnam, and 58,202 lost their lives in the war.

Wednesday, March 29 marked 50 years since American troops departed Vietnam. On Monday, April 3, North Haven residents who wore the uniform during the Vietnam era are invited to attend a veterans awards ceremony at North Haven High School. The event begins at 5 p.m.

A letter signed by North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Thomas J. Saadi states, "As a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces, it is because of your service and that of your brother and sister Veterans that we are able to live in this free and democratic Nation. We believe your patriotic service to our Nation during the Vietnam era is truly deserving of recognition."

Vietnam-era veterans from North Haven who plan to attend the April 3 ceremony are asked to call 203-239-5321 ext. 680.