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‘Vietnam Veterans-Veterans Day’ is observed on March 29


Above / Veterans Park is located at 303 E. Gartner Road. A crowd of about 100 friends, neighbors, family and Veterans gathered to express appreciation to all Vietnam Veterans who served honorably to protect freedom.

After the ceremony, Vietnam Veterans lined up so folks in attendance could take photos and express gratitude.

Original Post, March 22, 2021 / “Vietnam Veterans-Veterans Day” will be observed starting at 10:30AM Mon., March 29, at Veterans Park, located at 303 E. Gartner Road. March 29, 2021, marks the 48th anniversary of the U.S. departure from Vietnam.

Hosted by the Naperville American Legion Post 43 and the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, the 30-minute tribute will honor all individuals who served.

“While this anniversary has been a fairly well-kept secret, we will be holding a brief program honoring all that served back then,” noted Wayne Fischer, VN ’67-68-USMC, who currently serves as Sr. Vice Commander, American Legion Department of Illinois. “The highlight of the program is that we will have three Vietnam Veterans as speakers.”  

Speakers will share their personal thoughts on “Leaving Home,” “In Country,” and “Coming Home.”   

In addition, the ceremony will recognize “11 Naperville Fallen” as they each paid the ultimate price for our Freedoms during the Vietnam conflict, Fischer added.  

In 2018, banners were designed to honor all individuals who gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting freedom. Ever since, during Memorial Day ceremonies in Central Park, local Scouts have presented the banners that list all 114 men and women from Naperville who gave their lives while serving the nation during 12 wars. (PN File Photo)

The observance on March 29 is open to the public. Organizers ask for help to spread the word to all Veterans as a way to thank and honor the nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. 

Fischer said all individuals who served during the Vietnam era, regardless of location stateside or in Vietnam, are to be included. That timeframe includes U.S. Armed Forces personnel with active duty service between November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975.

All local safety protocols and COVID-19 mandates will be followed.

In addition to parking at Gartner Park, additional parking will be available across the street at Grace United Methodist Church.


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