(Tahlequah, OK)--In recognition of the sacrifices of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War, the City of Tahlequah and Northeastern State University will join with other entities across the country to observe Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day on March 30.
City officials and NSU will host an open house from 1:30-4 p.m. at the Blackfox-Hartness American Legion Post 135, 1390 N. Legion Drive, in Tahlequah.
Congress recently passed a resolution to observe Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day on March 30, which marks the anniversary of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam in 1973. The Vietnam conflict claimed the lives of more than 58,000 members of the U.S. services, and more than 300,000 were wounded.
Ken Purdy, Tahlequah mayor, has issued a proclamation of observance and NSU President Don Betz has written a letter offering the gratitude of the campus community to those who served.
"It is a chance for area veterans to enjoy camaraderie and for citizens to recognize our veterans," said Tony O'seland, an English lecturer at NSU and Post 135 commander. "There will also be food and information tables."
Included among those recognized at the event will be 44 Vietnam veterans who are members of the NSU campus community.
"At Northeastern, we are proud to claim these faculty and staff who are veterans," Betz wrote in his letter. "They add immeasurably to the fulfillment of our mission to provide opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential, while enhancing the quality of life in our region, in Oklahoma, and in our nation."
Published: 3/29/2011 2:24:02 PM