A special tribute to honor the start of the 47th anniversary of the Vietnam War will be staged in Palmerton.
Sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Organization of Carbon County, the event will get under way at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the borough park.
Among those who will speak at the ceremony are Henry M. Desrosiers, DVA, Carbon County; Floyd C. Brown, Commander, VVOCC; and Ed Moyer, Commander, American Legion Post 269, Palmerton.
Moyer said the newly formed Vietnam Veterans Organization of Carbon County wanted to show their remembrance of the start of the Vietnam War 47 years ago, and hopes to continue it each year in different communities.
"Palmerton was chosen because of it beautiful park with ample parking," Moyer said. "The importance of this event is to bring attention, and say thanks to the many Vietnam Veterans of Palmerton and Carbon County that served their country."
Harry Wynn III, vice commander of the organization, said it formed in Oct. of 2008 for anyone who has a Vietnam service medal and belong to one of the veterans organizations, either in Carbon County, or another veterans organization outside of Carbon, but live in Carbon.
Wynn said the event was held last year in Lansford. The first event was held in Nesquehoning in 2009.
"The reason we're picking this time of year is because of the Tonkin Gulf [incident] on Aug. 5, 1964," Wynn said. "That's why we're commemorating it this year; it reminds us that's when the war started."
Wynn said the event is to "remind our guys of their service; that they went into the military during difficult times, and served with honor and integrity for basic American values."
He said new members are always welcome. Anyone interested in becoming a member may contact him at 570-386-2188.