UTICA – It’s been more than 40 years, but for a number of Vietnam Veterans, the memories are just as vivid now as the day they were first called upon to serve.
Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, which is held in remembrance of the same day back in 1973 when U.S. troops officially withdrew from combat in Vietnam.
More than a dozen Vietnam veterans were in attendance at Thursday’s ceremony at the Parkway Center in Utica. The president of the organization Vietnam Veterans of America says it’s important for Vietnam veterans to be recognized for their service, including those who never made it home.
“We lost 58,000 Americans in Vietnam and we never want to forget those that gave the ultimate sacrifice," said Thomas Buono, president of Vietnam Veterans of America. "This day is kind of special because we hope it brings veterans together to honor those that served, and especially those that did give the ultimate sacrifice.”
Two local twins were also honored today. Frank and Leonard Zaffarano were given pins for serving together in combat.