Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement after joining the Vietnam War Commemoration Program, which works to ensure that America’s Vietnam veterans are recognized, honored, and provided with the services they rightly deserve:
“As a country, we recognize the service, sacrifice, and patriotism of our veterans. Veterans of the Vietnam War never got the recognition they deserved, but they are no less worthy. In fact, when I meet Vietnam veterans in my district and thank them for their service, I am often told that I am the first person to ever do so. This is unfortunate, yet it happens far too frequently.
“I am pleased to announce today that I have partnered with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, which was authorized by Congress in commemoration of the War’s 50th anniversary, to help ensure that Vietnam veterans are thanked and given the respect they deserve. Beginning this week, I will proudly display the Commemoration’s flag outside of my Washington, D.C. office to pay tribute to the Vietnam veterans and their families, and ensure that veterans of this conflict are honored appropriately.”
The Vietnam War Commemoration program was authorized by the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act, giving the Secretary of Defense authority to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War through formal events and ceremonies. Through the Congressional Partnership Program, participating Members of Congress are authorized to present Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins on behalf of the United States in honor of the veteran’s service.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Democratic Chairman of the Florida Delegation.