By Becky Maxedon
Lake Havasu City honored those who served in the military during the Vietnam War at a ceremony at the Lake Havasu Rodeo Grounds in SARA Park.
“It was 49 years ago on March 29, 1973, when the United States Military Assistance Command in Vietnam was disestablished and the last combat troops departed Vietnam,” Lake Havasu City Mayor Cal Sheehy said in a speech commemorating the event today.
Sheehy said the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that as of today, there are more than 6 million veterans living in America and abroad, along with 9 million families of those who served during the Vietnam time frame.
Lake Havasu City has commemorated Vietnam Veterans Day since 2008.
Sheehy read a proclamation honoring the day and presented other guests including Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar.
Sisto Sandoval, one of the cofounders of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 975, and a part of many other U.S. military support organizations in Lake Havasu City, introduced visitors and thanked volunteers.
The Lake Havasu City Marine Corps League presented the colors and volunteers cooked up hotdogs to help celebrate.