VIRGINIA BEACH — Vietnam veterans will be honored in Virginia Beach on Sunday for their service in a war that claimed the lives of 58,000 Americans.
The veterans of the war that raged between 1955 and 1975 will be commemorated by the Hampton Roads chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and the Department of Defense at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Nov. 12.
The 1 p.m. ceremony will feature speeches by Rep. Scott Taylor, Rear Admiral Jack Scorby and Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, as well as a lunch, an awards ceremony and a playing of taps in memory of those who died in the war, according to a news release.
“It is our hope in some small way to give those veterans the recognition that none serving at that time received,” event organizer and Vietnam veteran John J. Uhrin III wrote in the news release.
“Veterans from the Vietnam era faced different conditions than today’s military veterans, and we want to make sure that this event gives them the recognition they deserve for their service,” Uhrin added.