Two local communities will honor veterans at council meetings tonight.
In University Place, the council will read a proclamation and present a flag to former Womens Airforce Service Pilot Dorothy Olsen (who I wrote about last month).
And in Lakewood, the council will proclaim April as “Women Home Vietnam Veterans Month.”
From a press release:
The City of Lakewood chose to honor Vietnam Veterans during the entire month of April in light of the large veteran population in Lakewood. The last U.S. service-members departed Vietnam 35 years ago on April 30, 1975 when the American Embassy was finally vacated.
Mayor Richardson remarked that “we’ve done a good job welcoming our military home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many Americans recognize that those who served in Vietnam never received that same recognition or gratitude.” Richardson further pointed out that many of Lakewood’s founding citizens such as the late Colonel Gerald Auger, the late Colonel Bill Kittrell, Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison, Lakewood’s first mayor and a retired lieutenant general, and many others were Vietnam veterans. “Despite some stereo-typing, these citizens epitomize the typical Vietnam veteran – people who came home from that war changed but still committed to raising families, serving their communities, and moving the nation forward. We have the best military in the world today because of our Vietnam veterans.”