ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY TO BE CELEBRATED ON MAY 10 AT CITY HALL

The Armed Forces Remembrance Day is scheduled for 11 a.m. May 10 in the courtyard in front of the Taylor Police Department in the City Hall complex, near Goddard Road and Pine Street.

This year's celebration is focused on all veterans, with a special emphasis on Vietnam War veterans. This is the 50th anniversary of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which officially committed the United States to war in Vietnam. Various speakers and city officials will attend the event. The Veterans Museum in City Hall will be open, and refreshments are planned.

The Vietnam War played out over a period of nearly 19 years, from 1955 to 1975, with the U.S. heavy involvement beginning in 1964. The conflict actually spread over Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Similar to the Korean War before it, the Vietnam War was between the northern and southern divisions of the country. Both nations had their supporting Allies and nations, which came with financial support and military support and generally took to Cold War ties. 

In 1960, the U.S. sent in troops and in 1961, the amount doubled  There were several combat units that were sent over and deployed in the war in 1962. By 1964, President Lyndon Johnson and Congress committed the U.S. to the war through the Tonkin Gulf Resolution. By the end of 1966, a total of 380,000 troops were sent in, including 60,000 American sailors. In the years 1972 and 1973, peace talks took place in Paris. Over the length of the war, 3 million American soldiers served in the Vietnam War.

An official cease fire was signed in 1973, which lead to the end of the American troop actions.