Rauner fetes Vietnam veterans for 'internal strength'

Rauner fetes Vietnam veterans for 'internal strength'

That date, March 29, is designated as Vietnam War Veterans Day, and Thursday marked the 45th anniversary of when the last USA troops vacated South Vietnam soils.

"One of the first things I learned about Vietnam, as we all did, is that either you get killed in the first three months that you're there because you don't know enough, or you get killed in the last three months. of your term because you thought you knew everything and you got careless", Taylor said.

The national holiday honors the anniversary of the withdrawal of United States combat troops from Vietnam. "Although their service can never be repaid, America must never forget their service".

The event was sponsored by the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.

"It took me years to be able to talk about what happened and what I did", Conley said.

"We are so happy to partner with the state of California and the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America in celebration of Vietnam veterans".

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More than 9 million personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam War era, which extended to Operation Frequent Wind - the evacuation of Saigon - and the Mayaguez incident a few weeks later.

During my Administration, I promise to continue coordinated efforts to recognize all veterans of the Vietnam War for their service and sacrifice, and to provide them with the heartfelt acknowledgement and gratitude that they and their families so richly deserve. He noted how controversy over American involvement in the war led to veterans being treated badly upon their return home, as many at home "made no distinction between the war and those who fought it". "Now it's our job to ensure that the contributions of Vietnam veterans will not be forgotten in 50 years or even in 150 years".

Aaron Olson, an Army National Guard veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he attended the ceremony Thursday in honor of his father-in-law Floyd Pesicka who served in Vietnam. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Richland Township, and U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley.

Richard Gayton served as a helicopter chief and door gunner during the war and was one of the fortunate to make it out of the war alive.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, after the veterans were honored with a certificate, a pin and a rendition of Taps, the former soldiers left the auditorium together, with some walking arm-in-arm with loved ones and others embracing old friends. "I hope that the veterans today realize that they are not alone".

In their March 2018 meeting, the Fairfield Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars paid tribute to all veterans who served in the Vietnam War.