Ceremony honors Vietnam War veterans at Bakersfield National Cemetery

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ceremony was held Thursday morning at Bakersfield National Cemetery.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs honored the service and sacrifice of living and deceased Vietnam veterans. The brief ceremony included a speaker, a gun salute, a color presentation and a performance by Taps.

“Many of them have not been properly welcomed into their homes during this time, Bakersfield National Cemetery superintendent Cindy Van Bibber said. “They were treated unfairly for a conflict in which they were called to serve. It’s just our way of being able to welcome these veterans back. Some of them have long-standing scars, and I think that’s one way to help end that.

The event came ahead of next week’s anniversary of National Vietnam War Veterans Day. In March 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Vietnam Veterans Recognition Act marking every March 29 National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

On Tuesday, the Portrait of a Warrior gallery invites the public to join them for a day of remembrance. It’s happening from 9-10 a.m. at their location on Eye Street in downtown Bakersfield.

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