The Erie County Legislature will honor Vietnam War veterans as part of its observance of Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day at the start of its session at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, on the Fourth Floor of Old County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo.
As well as honoring the men and women who served the United States of American in the Vietnam War, the County Legislature will offer its thanks and appreciation to the Veterans Administration Western New York Health Care System to mark Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, which will be officially observed Friday, March 30.
“These Vietnam veterans, comprised of men and women from all of our armed services, served their country with honor at a time when it often wasn’t popular to take such a stand, and deserve our thanks and that of a grateful nation,” County Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo) said. “These veterans came back to a sometimes less than thankful nation, returned to college, resumed their careers and started families, and are proud members of our society. We also thank the administration, staff and volunteers of the Veterans Administration Western New York Health Care System, some of them the same veterans, for their endless help and treatment of these veterans.”
The County Legislature will honor both individual Vietnam War veterans and several veterans and civic organizations, including: the American Legion Riders of the Southern Tier (Orchard Park), the American Legion of the Tonawandas, Bennett Wells American Legion Post (Buffalo), Jesse Clipper American Legion Post (Buffalo), The Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services at Daemen College (Amherst), Erie County Veterans Service Agency (Buffalo), Vietnam Veterans of American – Chapter 77 (City of Tonawanda), and the Veterans Administration of Western New York Healthcare System (Buffalo).
Two current Erie County legislators are Vietnam War veterans, Majority Leader Thomas J. Mazur (D-Cheektowaga, Buffalo) and Minority Leader John J. Mills (R-Orchard Park).