American Vietnam War veterans honored in new event – Orange County Register

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Fifty-one years ago, the last American troops left Vietnam, ending U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. On Friday, those American veterans were honored in Westminster.

The city hosted its inaugural American Vietnam War Veterans Day event Friday morning, March 29, at Sid Goldstein Freedom Park. The City Council designated the day as its annual American Vietnam War Veterans Day, a way to honor those who served in the war.

Nearly 3 million Americans served in the war, and more than 58,000 died, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Councilmembers have said they will pick another day, possibly June 19, to honor South Vietnamese veterans, many of whom reside in Westminster.

“I’d like to honor both,” Councilmember Kimberly Ho said. “They’re equal, but different sacrifices and service.”

Also on Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed March 30 to be “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” and there were various tributes hosted around Orange County.

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