Gulf of Tonkin Resolution commemoration is Aug. 10

Aug 04, 2014

The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA) is commemorating the state’s Vietnam veterans by hosting a service at the Haywood Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The event will be one of five state-wide events taking place from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10.  The events will highlight the signing of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress Aug. 7, 1964, and signed into law Aug. 10, 1964.

“Conflict in and around Southeast Asia began well before any formal declaration of hostilities and continued for nearly a decade afterwards,” said Ilario Pantano, director of NCDVA. “We come together in the days, the months and decades that will follow to mark 50 solemn years since the formal commencement of the Vietnam War.”

The five statewide events will formally commence the state’s 50th year remembrance of over 216,000 North Carolinians who served during this period, and its 1600 citizens who were killed or are missing in action.

Locations:

— Haywood Vietnam Memorial, located at 215 N. Main St., Waynesville

— Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located at I-85 Mile Marker 100, Thomasville, NC 27360

— Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located at Montford Landing Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540

— North Carolina Veterans Park, located at 300 Bragg Blvd., Fayetteville, NC 28301

— Thomas Park, located at 1129 E. 3rd St., Charlotte, NC 28204

Events will be supported by the Department of Defense Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Program and will include guest speakers and a moment of silence.  Service officers from the North Carolina Division of veterans Affairs will be present to discuss services available to veterans.

For more information on the Haywood event, contact NCDVA officer,

Brandon Wilson at 646-6937.

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