WHO ARE WE.....
 Men and women who served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War.

The term has been used to describe veterans who were in the armed forces of South Vietnam, the United States armed forces, and countries allied to them, whether or not they were actually stationed in Vietnam during their service. However, the more common usage distinguishes between those who served "in country" and those who did not actually serve in Vietnam by referring to the "in country" veterans as "Vietnam veterans" and the others as "Vietnam-era veterans". The U.S. government officially refers to all as "Vietnam-era veterans".
2019 VETERAN EVENTS
  1. Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am
    Memorial Day Parade
    Location: Step off Mestek staging grounds; then Ceremonies 11:00 am Parkers Memorial Park
  2. Sunday, May 26, 2019
    Veterans Day Service
    9:00am @ St. Joseph Church, Westfield, MA 11:00am @ Blessed Sacrament Church, Westfield, MA
  3. May 6, 2019 @ 12:00pm (NEW TIME)
    VVA Chapter 219 Monthly Meeting
    Members Only
Special Updates
This is to show that Wreaths Accross America placed a wreath on the grave marker of Benny Goldman
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CHAPTER 219 CALENDER 

May 2019

05/06/2019 Monday @ 12pm (New Time)
Monthly Meeting at the Hampton Ponds Clubhouse (Members Only)

05/26/2019  Sunday @ 9am
Memorial Day Service at St Joseph Church

05/26/2019 Sunday @ 11am
Memorial Day Service at Blessed Sacarment Church

06/27/2019 Monday @ 10am
Memorial Day Parade from Mestek to Parkers Memorial Park

2019 OFFICERS
President:                                Ken Lafreniere

Vice President:                       Ron Queipo

Treasurer:                               William Quesnel

Secretary:                                Tom Pirnie

Chaplain:                                 Laurie Greeley

Board of Directors:               Fred Benda, Mike Repa &
                                                    Jim Lamb
 

June 2019

06/03/2019 Monday @ 12pm (New Time)
Monthly Meeting at the Hampton Ponds Clubhouse (Members Only)

July 2019

​​ 07/01/2019 Monday @ 12pm (New Time)​​
Monthly Meeting at the Hampton Ponds Clubhouse

07/04/2019 Thursday @ 10am
Independence Day Parade at Hampton Pond Plaza

Auguest 2019

​​ 08/05/2019 Monday @ 12pm (New Time)​​
Monthly Meeting at the Hampton Ponds Clubhouse (Members Only)

Scholarship Applications
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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2017
It’s Official: March 29 Is National Vietnam War Veterans Day
 
(Washington, DC) – “Forty-two years ago today, the last American combat troops left the former South Vietnam, marking the end of what was then our nation’s longest war,” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America. “And yesterday, the bipartisan legislation, S.305, authored by Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), permanently designating March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, was signed into law by President Trump.”
 
“The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 is the first federal statute to recognize in perpetuity the bravery and sacrifice of veterans who served during the Vietnam War. Although this day may be bittersweet for some of us, and though we cannot claim that the United States emerged victorious from that terribly divisive war, we can look back with pride for the service we rendered in answering our nation’s call,” said Rowan.
 
“Our war is long over,” Rowan added, “but for many its legacy of hurt continues to this day.  Because a war does not end after the last bullet was fired, VVA will continue to assist those who still suffer, mentally as well as physically, from the war’s deprivations, and from the failures of those entities of government whose responsibility it is to aid our veterans physically, mentally, and fiscally.”
 
“We applaud Senators Toomey and Donnelly for their support of our Vietnam veterans and for ensuring that March 29th is permanently designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day,” said Rowan.

“Vietnam Veterans of America is the nation’s only congressionally chartered veterans’ service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA’s founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”
  

CONTACT US
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Phone: 413-562-6004 Ken

Vietnam Veterans of American
Liberty Chapter #219
P.O. Box 7
Westfield, MA  01086
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