In 2012 President Barack Obama declared March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day. A remembrance ceremony was held in Rock Island to honor those who served and died in the Vietnam War.
The QC Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America held the event on Saturday, March 29, 2014, honoring 192 people from the QC area alone.
It was estimated that more than 300 people were at the ceremony.
“I think it does something for us as a chapter but more importantly for this community to reflect and give honor to those who gave it all,” said Chapter President Terry Lynch.
The ceremony included the reading of a roll call of the QC area veterans that were killed in Vietnam.
“This is something we hope to continue to do,” Lynch said. “To honor those, but also to honor the living, to honor the Vietnam veterans who are still living today and to tell them thank you.”
March 29 was declared Vietnam Veterans Day because it was the day the last of the U.S. troops left the Vietnam.