Veterans of one of America’s most divisive conflicts were honored for their sacrifices and service Tuesday.
Men and women who served during the Vietnam War were honored at Bakersfield National Cemetery, during the National Day of Remembrance.
The cemetery praised their service during the brutal conflict that drew global scrutiny and controversy as it went on.
Lt. Col. Joseph Drew spoke at the event. He says Vietnam veterans came back home during an unpopular time, and that all vets should be remembered for their service.
“It’s important for us to remember what they did and how they did it to protect what we are — one of the greatest countries in the world.”
The veterans who attended were also given special pins to commemorate their service.
According to Kern County Veterans Services Department, 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the official Vietnam era from Aug. 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975. Vietnam veterans represented 9.7 percent of their generation .