RED HILL PA – More than 80 U.S. Armed Forces veterans of the Vietnam War, and their families, were honored last Thursday (April 12, 2018) during a commemorative ceremony organized by western Montgomery County state Sen. Bob Mensch and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania at the Red Hill Fire Company banquet hall.
Each of the veterans were called up individually, and presented with pins to recognize their active duty during the war regardless of duty location. The ceremony was authorized by Congress in May 2012 and continues annually through 2025.
The program included remarks by Mensch; retired Major General Walter T. Lord, president of Valley Forge Military Academy and College; Brigadier General Michael J. Regan Jr., deputy adjutant general from the Air for Pennsylvania; and Col. Bob DeSousa on behalf of Toomey. Dr. Jim Arcieri, pastor of Community Bible Fellowship Church, provided an invocation and blessing.
The 55th Brigade Support Battalion presented and retired the colors.
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