The Cicero Town Board recently honored Vietnam veterans. Pictured are (back row, from left) Supervisor Mark Venesky, Councilor Vern Conway, Councilor Mike Becallo, Councilor Jonathan Karp and Vietnam veteran Councilor Richard Cushman. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Vietnam veterans Kevin Crook, Ronald Villnave, Richard Hooper and David Cowbum.
This past June, the town of Cicero joined more than 8,000 states, communities, businesses and organizations for the Commemorative Partner Program for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The Commemorative Partner Program assists in thanking our Vietnam veterans and their families in their hometowns. About 35 percent of veterans today are known for the service they offered to their country during the Vietnam War.
At the Nov. 9 town board meeting, Supervisor Mark Venesky invited everyone to join in thanking and honoring our veterans of the Vietnam War and their families for all of their sacrifices and for their service more than 50 years ago.
“The town of Cicero …will have grassroots, community-based celebrations to recognize and say ‘thank you’ to those 7 million Vietnam-era veterans that are with us in the United States today,” said Bill Meyer, veteran advocate for the town of Cicero.
Recognition events will follow in 2107 in conjunction with Cicero’s VFW and the American Legion.
“A grateful nation thanks and honors you, and we as the town of Cicero want to thank and honor you as well, for your service,” Venesky said. “Our men and women who served in Vietnam served with honor, integrity and courage. They did a great service for their nation, and we are sincerely grateful to them.”
Venesky acknowledged several veterans and presented them a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Pin and a commemorative proclamation signed by the President of the United States.