National Vietnam War Veterans Day honors those who served

Volunteers and officials gathered Monday morning at the Flag Assembly Area at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery for a ceremony paying tribute to Vietnam veterans.

March 29 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

“Through this commemoration we offer thanks to the 6 million living Vietnam veterans and 9 million families who have served from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975,” said Kevin Ridgeway, director of the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.

Volunteers Joye Eiker and veteran Leonard Ross laid a wreath and bugler Skip Watson played taps. Other volunteers coordinated by Marylou Wade, also participated in the ceremony.

In 2019, the ceremony drew a large crowd.

This year’s ceremony was held with very few in attendance because of restrictions due to the coronavirus.

“Because of the pandemic we had to provide a safe environment,” Ridgeway said.

Since last year’s ceremony, 2,000 burials have taken place at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Scottsmoor, 672 of the interments were Vietnam or Vietnam-era veterans.