Today, Mayor McArdle joined veterans from across the region to present one of the city’s most recent proclamations designating March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day. March 29, 1973, was the day the US Armed Forces completed their withdrawal of combat troops from Vietnam. Part of the city’s proclamation reads, “This anniversary presents the opportunity to honor and thank our Vietnam Veterans for their brave, courageous military service and sacrifice.”

Hosted by members of American Legion Post 33, community members and family gathered around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the plaza of Riverview Park for an informal ceremony that included a brief history of the monument and an opportunity for veterans to share their experiences.

Mayor McArdle underscored the significance of housing Oregon’s oldest Vietnam Veterans Memorial, urging everyone to uphold the legacy of courage and sacrifice embodied by Vietnam Veterans.

“It’s important to continue to tell the story,” said Mayor McArdle. “So that young people know what happened, what you did, and where we are today.”

Today, and every day, we pay tribute to our Vietnam Veterans, who epitomize selflessness, dedication, and the enduring spirit of service.