Bizzarro plans Oct. 12 pin ceremony for Vietnam War-era vets

ERIE, Oct. 4 – To thank and honor Vietnam War-era veterans, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro and the office of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey are serving as hosts of a commemorative pin ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Millcreek American Legion Post 773, 4109 W. 12th St.

"This is a continuation of the event we held in June," Bizzarro said. "The initial response was so overwhelming that we decided to hold a second event to make sure we were able to properly honor everyone we could not accommodate at the summer ceremony.

"Senator Toomey and I are humbled by the response and are gratified to be able to have this opportunity to honor area men and women who served and sacrificed so much for all of us and for our great nation. The commemorative pins to be awarded are a token of the respect and admiration they truly deserve now and have always deserved."

The recipients of the Oct. 12 ceremony will be those who originally registered in June but were unable to be recognized due to capacity restraints of the venue. They are living U.S. veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of service location.

Bizzarro will serve as master of ceremonies and Robert DeSousa, who serves as Toomey’s state director and as a colonel in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, will attend on the senator’s behalf. Sign-ins for the event will begin at 4:45 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 5 p.m.

Nine million Americans, of whom about 7 million are living today, served during the 20-year period, and the commemoration makes no distinction between veterans who served in-country, in-theater or were stationed elsewhere.