Vietnam 50th anniversary observance is March 29
There will be a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Haywood County Courthouse. This ceremony is sponsored by the town of Waynesville and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 980 of Clyde. During the year, ceremonies will be conducted throughout the state of North Carolina. A memorandum from the N.C. Department of Veterans Affairs director Ilario G. Pantano has asked veteran groups to participate in these ceremonies to honor and welcome home Vietnam veterans.
The master of ceremonies will be Rick Strubeck, U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, Chapter 980. Chaplain Marshall Cooper will offer the invocation. The guest speaker will be Earl Reece, N.C. Vietnam Veterans secretary, who is also retired from the U.S. Army, having served two tours of duty in Vietnam. There will be a wreath placed at the Vietnam War Monument by chapter director Tom Curtis and Debbie Caldwell, of Haywood County Veterans Service Office.
The names of the Haywood County residents who lost their lives in the war will be read by Chapter 980 president Jerry Warren. A moment of silence will be observed for the POW/MIA and their families. A gun salute will be given by VFW Post 5202 and American Legion Post 47 Honor Guard. "Taps" will follow, performed by members of the Pisgah High School band. There will be a benediction by the chaplain and dismissal.
This event is being carried out by veterans of the community, honoring Vietnam veterans and thanking them for their service. All are welcome to attend and pay their respects.