Vietnam vets to be commemorated at event

By DeeAnna Haney | Aug 06, 2014

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the formal beginning of the Vietnam War. In honor and memory of the state's Vietnam veterans, the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA) is hosting an event at the Haywood County Vietnam Veterans Memorial this weekend.

The event will highlight the signing of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, passed by both the houses of the U.S. Congress on Aug. 7, 1964 and signed into law three days later, marking the formal commencement of the Vietnam War.

“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 decade that will follow to mark 50 solemn years since the formal commencement of the Vietnam War.”

Haywood County is among the five counties selected to observe the anniversary in remembrance of more than 216,000 North Carolinians who served during the war and its 1,600 citizens who were killed or are missing in action.

Other towns selected to hold the event include Thomasville, Jacksonville, Fayetteville and Charlotte.

The public is invited to attend the brief event honoring Haywood County Vietnam veterans from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 in front of the Vietnam memorial at the historic courthouse on North Main Street in Waynesville. A proclamation made by Gov. Pat McCrory will be read at the event.

For more information contact the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs at 828-646-6937.

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