Local Vietnam vets honored for service during war
Local veterans were honored outside of Yonkers City Hall on Wednesday during a national day of recognition for those who fought in the Vietnam War.
The Yonkers Department of Veterans Affairs paid tribute to those who fought and made the ultimate sacrifice in the war.
More than 58,000 military personnel died in the war, including 32 from Yonkers.
The names of those men line Yonkers Avenue, now known as Vietnam Veterans Way, so their sacrifice will be remembered.
Many Vietnam veterans say they were not treated well when they came back from the war, facing a lot of criticism over actions in Vietnam. They tell News 12 that they weren't shown the same respect as veterans are treated today.
"We were considered outcasts, and it took many, many years for the people and the politicians to accept us. And this is one way they are doing it with the Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day, and it means a lot to all of us that we are there," said one veteran.