Mar. 08, 2018

HAZLETON – In an effort to honor all area Vietnam-era veterans, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Sen. Pat Toomey’s (R-PA) state director, Col. Robert DeSousa, will co-host a ceremony to commemorate National Vietnam Veterans Day, which falls on March 29 annually.

This event will take place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Butler Township Community Center, 411 W. Butler Drive in Drums. Toohil and DeSousa will offer remarks and present commemorative pins to eligible Vietnam-era veterans during the ceremony.

Retired Maj. Gen. James Joseph, former adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard, will also assist with the pinning.

“I am excited about this incredible and long-awaited opportunity to recognize and honor the Vietnam-era veterans of the 116th Legislative District for their service and sacrifice,” said Toohil. “We urge those veterans who are eligible to make plans to attend.”

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 location, will be eligible to receive a lapel pin at this ceremony. Family members are invited to attend the ceremony with veterans.

“Our Commonwealth’s Vietnam veterans bravely served this country and it’s an honor for my office to recognize them for their service,” said Toomey. “For over a half-century, many of these veterans have been unsung heroes. I encourage all Vietnam War veterans in northeast Pennsylvania to participate in this recognition event.”

Vietnam veterans who wish to attend should please contact Toohil’s office in Hazleton at 570-453-1344 or Toomey’s office in Wilkes-Barre at 570-820-4088 to RSVP by Friday, March 23, 2018.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136 /