Panama City Beach is celebrating veterans, taking part in National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
At the Thursday morning, city council meeting, Councilman Paul Casto presented the proclamation stating every year on March 29th the city will recognize its Vietnam veterans.
While only a few veterans were in the crowd at the meeting, Casto says this is for recognition to all veterans in our area who served in that difficult time.
He says it’s important that these men and women who served our country and who lost their lives are honored.
“A lot of them gave the ultimate sacrifice and didn’t come back. And we just don’t want them to feel like they’ve been forgotten,“ said Councilman Casto.
Navy Vietnam Veteran, Ken Waringa said, “It’s nice for the recognition cause as you know when we came home, there wasn’t much support for the veterans at that time. Not like it is now. I mean, whether you believed in the war or not, it’s the veterans you need to support.“
Casto says this county and area is a great place for all veterans and this is just another way the city will honor them.