HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The State House of Representatives honored veterans from each branch of the U.S. military Thursday at the first National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
The veterans were honored during a floor presentation at the state Capitol and recognized for their service in the Vietnam war.
On March 29, 2012, former President Barack Obama declared March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day to "commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam war.
On March 29, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, officially creating the U.S. holiday.
Among those honored at the floor presentation were Colonel Gene Castagnetti and Corporal René Berthiaume, of the U.S. Marine Corps, Chief Warrant Officer Steve J. Avilla of the U.S. Coast Guard, Staff Sergeant Robert Kent of the U.S. Army, Command Chief Master Sergeant Stan Fernandez of the U.S. Air Force, and Hospitalman Second Class Michael Steinhilber of the U.S. Navy, and Chief Master Sergeant Carswell Ross, Jr. of the Hawaii Air National Guard.