The City of Turlock, along with its Vietnam War Commemorative Partners, will host an event honoring those who served in Vietnam/ Vietnam Era July 2 at the Turlock VFW Post 5059.
The ceremony will specifically honor five young men from Turlock and 17 others from surrounding communities who gave the ultimate sacrifice and died in Vietnam. To honor these young men and their families, the organizing committee is reaching out to their families and requesting they attend this ceremony.
In 2016 The City of Turlock made a commitment to joining the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration as a Commemorative Partner in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The City is committed to these celebrations and events as part of the role as a Commemoration Partner making sure that these veterans, who served in Vietnam any time from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, receive the honor and respect they may not have received upon their homecoming but so rightfully deserve.
The City of Turlock and Mayor Gary Soiseth have joined in this effort with the Turlock American Legion Rex Ish Post 88, Commander Wardee Bruce; Turlock Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5059, Commander Lyle Ducheneaux; Turlock Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 74, Commander Andrew Mojarras and Rick Kindle of Kindle and Associates, also a Commemorative Partner with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. Vietnam service members will be presented a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin by Rear Admiral (R) Mike Seward. All veterans will be honored for their service at this ceremony.
"The City of Turlock is proud of all of our veterans, but as a Commemorative Partner remembering the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, we are making sure we dedicate specific events to honor our Vietnam veterans," said Mayor Soiseth. ”I hope my fellow Turlock citizens will join us on July 2 to honor these brave soldiers and reflect on their sacrifices for our great country."
Doors open at 11 a.m. July 2 and the ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Activities will continue until the Post closes at 4 p.m. Turlock VFW Post 5059 is located at 1405 E. Linwood Ave.
For more information about the ceremony, contact the City at 668-5594 ext. 4609.