More than 1,000 Vietnam veterans honored in Old Bethpage ceremony

A ceremony was held Sunday in Old Bethpage to honor more than 1,000 veterans for their bravery and service to the nation in Vietnam.

A ceremony was held Sunday in Old Bethpage to honor more than 1,000 veterans for their bravery and service to the nation in Vietnam.

A ceremony was held Sunday in Old Bethpage to honor more than 1,000 veterans for their bravery and service to the nation in Vietnam. (8/14/16)

OLD BETHPAGE - A ceremony was held Sunday in Old Bethpage to honor more than 1,000 veterans for their bravery and service to the nation in Vietnam.

Veteran Martin Spinelli says he and so many others were never given a warm welcome when they came home from the battlefields. He says the change to gratitude took decades.  "I guess I got my first thank you in 2010," he recalls.

Spinelli was among those honored during a special Vietnam Veteran Commemoration Ceremony at the Museum of American Armor. The ceremony marked the 50th anniversary of U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

It's part of a program started in 2007 by President George W. Bush. Thousands of similar commemorations ceremonies are held each year across the country to thank the men and women who served.

News 12 is told that Sunday's ceremony was one of the largest ever held in the program's history.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

1 The Download: Tech News for 3/22
An attacker is treated by emergency services outside 2 4 dead in vehicle, knife attack near British Parliament
Irwin Scharf, of North Massapequa, says he noticed 3 Tax rebate may be restored to thousands of Nassau seniors
In a News 12/Newsday special report, has been 4 LI garbage barge of '87 still influences solid waste disposal
The American Health Care Act still has its 5 LI representatives split in GOP health care bill decision

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE