LIVINGSTON, NJ — Residents, first responders and township officials stopped by the Livingston Memorial Oval last week to remember local soldiers during a National Vietnam War Veterans Day ceremony, where certificates were presented to the families of Livingston’s Vietnam War Veterans and special tribute was paid to former township manager Charles "Chuck" Tahaney, a local veteran who died in February.

During the ceremony, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2856 and American Legion Post 201 invited the public to help them honor all those who actively served their country from 1955 to 1975.

“When Vietnam vets came back to this country after fighting, they were shamed,” said Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein. “Not only was it traumatic for them to go to war, but it was also traumatic for them to come back—especially, if you can imagine, for someone who's suffering from PTSD and the like. This holiday is a way of trying to make them whole and trying to recognize the sacrifices that so many people made, and they deserve that recognition.”

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On March 29, 2012, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day, which called upon “all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities that commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War." Five years later, President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, which officially recognizes March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

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