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Return to Vietnam

A veteran, his daughter, their journey

‘Tis the season to remember your veterans


My father has joined Westchester County’s chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America just in time for the holidays and a new local VVA tradition: Chapter 49 has decided to join Wreaths Across America, a national nonprofit organization that aims to lay wreaths on all the headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.


The national ceremony will take place at noon Dec. 15. At that time, Chapter 49 will also lay wreaths at Lasdon Park, on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the other military memorial statues on the Somers, NY property.

Dan Griffin, Chapter 49’s executive director, also told me the group plans to hold its 20th annual candlelight vigil at the park on Dec. 23. The VVA members will light candles along the Trail of Honor and read all of the names of the 214 Westchester County residents killed in the Vietnam War.

“We hold this holiday celebration for those who did not make it back from ‘Nam,” Griffin said.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 at 9:09 am by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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About this blog
"Return to Vietnam" chronicles the journey of Col. Andonios Neroulias USA (Ret.) of Briarcliff Manor, NY, joined by his daughter, staff writer Nicole Neroulias, to the country he fought in 40 years ago. They are traveling with Vietnam veterans and Rotarians from Rockland County and other parts of the country. Check this blog for daily posts, photos, recordings and slideshows about their experiences.
About the authors
Nicole and Andonios Neroulias

Nicole Neroulias grew up in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and graduated from Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has covered religion and city news in Cyprus, Connecticut and California, where she earned several fellowships and prizes, including a national Religion Newswriters Association award. She joined The Journal News in early 2007 and also teaches journalism at Columbia.

Col. Andonios Neroulias emigrated from Greece in 1956 and was commissioned an officer through the ROTC program of the City College of NY. From 1967-68, he served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry (Tropic Lightning) Division, whose main base was in Cu Chi, known for its intricate Viet Cong tunnels. Among his military awards are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve and lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
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