West Hartford’s Vietnam Veterans to be Recognized in September Ceremony

Retired West Hartford Police Chief Robert McCue receives an official statement of appreciation for his service during the Korean War in a 2021 ceremony. Pictured (from left): Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Thomas Saadi, Mayor Shari Cantor, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, Robert McCue, state Rep. Kate Farrar, state Sen. Derek Slap. Photo credit: Renee McCue (we-ha.com file photo)

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and the Town of West Hartford will recognize Vietnam War era veterans at a special ceremony planned for Sept. 21, 2022.

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford residents who served in the armed services during the Vietnam War era have been invited to a special recognition ceremony planned for Sept. 21, 2022.

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Thomas J. Saadi have been holding ceremonies in towns throughout the states recognizing veterans from different war eras. Last year, West Hartford veterans from the Korean War were honored during a ceremony at Town Hall.

Letters were mailed to roughly 600 Vietnam War era veterans from West Hartford last week, inviting them, along with their families, to the recognition ceremony on Sept. 21, which will begin at 5 p.m. in the Conard High School Auditorium. Veterans who attend will receive a special recognition certificate from the state.

“It is because of your service and that of your brother and sister veterans that we are able to live in this free and democratic Nation. We believe your patriotic service to our Nation during the Vietnam War era, along with that of your fellow West Hartford veterans, is truly deserving of recognition,” Bysiewicz said in her letter to veterans.

Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 by emailing [email protected] or calling Renée McCue at 860-561-7521. Anyone who did not receive a letter but served honorably during the Vietnam War era is also able to attend and should email or call, and provide name, address, phone number, branch of service and years served.

Those who are unable to attend can still receive a certificate.

“While we would very much love to see you in person to thank you for your service,” Bysiewicz’s letter states. “If you are unable to attend this public event, let us know and we can optionally send your recognition certificate directly to you and your family. Please let us know by Sept. 9 so we can accommodate this request.”

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