'Welcome Home' donations sought

Region - posted Mar, 02 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs and Central Connecticut State University Veterans History Project are organizing an official “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” event to be held at 7 p.m. on March 31 at the Governor William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford, Conn. Approximately 80,000 men and woman, currently living in Connecticut, served in the military during the Vietnam era (February 1961 through May 1975). Last year, Connecticut was the second U.S. state to officially designate March 30 - the day the last serviceman left Vietnam in 1973 - as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. Several additional states have since followed suit. Committee members are raising private funds to support the event so that veterans will receive a free ticket for the event and tickets for their guests and supporters will each be $10. Event information is available at www.ccsu.edu/welcomehome. For tickets or donations, contact Eileen Hurst at 860-832-2976 or hursteim@ccsu.edu. To place an advertisement or words of encouragement within the program booklet for this event, contact Tammy Marzik at 860-616-3606.


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