Philadelphia, March 29, 2018 – Sen. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) took part in a Philadelphia event to honor Vietnam veterans on the first anniversary of National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

“The bravery and sacrifice exhibited by veterans of the Vietnam War was extraordinarily selfless and is deserving of our utmost recognition,” Sabatina said. “I am proud to participate in this event to commemorate the service of these veterans.”

Senator Sabatina led the Pledge of Allegiance at the event hosted by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) and Pennsylvania State Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the last American combat troops exiting Vietnam.

The U.S. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs estimates that 7 million Vietnam War veterans are still living. A total of 9 million men and women served on active duty during the war.

The 58,307 American troops who lost their lives during the conflict are enshrined on The Wall monument in Washington D.C. The names of 3,148 Pennsylvania veterans from Pennsylvania are included on the monument.

“For those who are with us and for those who have passed, we salute you. I cannot express enough gratitude for the sacrifices made by our troops as they serve to protect our freedoms we hold dear in this nation,” Sabatina said.

The National Vietnam Veterans Recognition Act was introduced by U.S. Sen. Toomey and unanimously approved by Congress in 2017. The act was signed into law last year to certify that Vietnam War Veterans Day be nationally recognized each year.