To thank and honor Vietnam War-era veterans, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro and the office of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey are serving as hosts of a commemorative pin ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at the Millcreek American Legion Post 773, 4109 W. 12th St.
"Senator Toomey and I are humbled by the opportunity to honor area men and women who served and sacrificed so much for all Americans and for our great nation," Bizzarro said. "The commemorative pins to be awarded are a token of the respect and admiration they truly deserve now and have always deserved."
To be eligible for the lapel pin, the recipient must be a living United States veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of service location.
Eligible veterans are urged to call Bizzarro’s office at 814-835-2880 by June 9 to register.
The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs assists with the recognition ceremony, and Robert DeSousa, who serves as Toomey’s state director and as a colonel in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, will attend on the senator’s behalf and serve as the master of ceremonies. Sign-ins for the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. June 13, with the ceremony beginning at 7 p.m.
Nine million Americans, of whom about 7 million are living today, served during the 20-year period, and the commemoration makes no distinction between veterans who served in-country, in-theater or were stationed elsewhere.
“A veteran just needs to call my office and register by June 9,” Bizzarro said.
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