The seventh annual Vietnam Veterans Celebration will be hosted by the Burleson Heritage Foundation and the City of Burleson.
Jan. 12, 1962, marked the United States’ first combat mission against the Viet Cong. In 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, President Obama issued a proclamation declaring March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day. March 29, 1973, was the date that the last of the troops left Vietnam.
The site of the local celebration is Veterans Memorial Plaza, 298 E. Renfro St., near Renfro Street and I-35W. The City-owned plaza includes a fountain and room for 3,000-plus bricks engraved with the names of local service members. The plaza also includes a bronze eagle and Purple Heart memorial that were unveiled in 2009; the Johnson County Veterans Monument that was added in 2010; and a POW monument that was added in 2011.