Modified: March 29, 2016 12:59pm
ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz issued the following statement to honor veterans of the Viet Nam war and join in the observance of March 29 as the 50th anniversary of that conflict. 2.7 million soldiers served in Viet Nam, with over 300,000 injured and 58,200 soldiers making the ultimate sacrifice there in service of their country.
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said, “Today, March 29, is the day we honor and remember the brave men and women who served our country during the Viet Nam war, and as we pause to remember on this 50th anniversary of that conflict we hold close in our hearts the memories of all who served but especially the thousands who made the ultimate sacrifice. Viet Nam veterans are members of a special group, one that answered their nation’s call and performed their duty honorably during a time of unrest both at home and overseas, returning to a homeland that often failed to understand that duty or honor it appropriately. Never again will veterans be subjected to the scorn and derision that this group endured. They are an important and inseparable part of our society, our country’s history, and our national heritage and today we stand united in support and thanks as we honor these men and women for their service to America.”