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Vietnam veterans to be honored at Savage Arena June 5

Vietnam-Vet-photo-294x300A ceremony to celebrate and welcome home Vietnam veterans will take place Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. in Savage Arena on The University of Toledo’s Main Campus.

The event will include an honor roll call and herald the arrival of the Traveling Vietnam Wall in Toledo.

The free, public celebration will be the first of several events slated through Sunday, June 9, while the Traveling Vietnam Wall is in town.

“We need to reach as many Vietnam era veterans as possible — those who served in Vietnam as well as those who served in other capacities,” said Haraz Ghanbari, UT military and media liaison. “We want to recognize and honor the service of the men and women who answered their nation’s call.”

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

• Approximately 2.7 million American men and women served in Vietnam.

• America’s involvement in Vietnam lasted from 1957 until 1975.

• Between 1965 and 1969, U.S. troop strength rose from 60,000 to more than 543,000 in the country.

• The last U.S. ground troops left Vietnam in March 1973.

For a schedule of events and more information regarding the Vietnam veterans welcome home celebration, click here.

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