Veterans Day observance at Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst Park honored those who sacrificed in service to the country


On the eve of Election Day, several Queens lawmakers seeking re-election were off the campaign trail Monday and were instead delivering remarks at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Elmhurst Park. Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz organized the annual observance ceremony to honor the men and women who sacrificed for the nation.

“We come here year after year to commemorate Veterans Day, to commemorate the fact that so many people fought for our country and that we never let anybody come home that doesn’t have the previous generation help them again,” Katz said, adding that soldiers returning home from the Vietnam War were spat on and yelled at, and it galvanized her to become an elected official and support veterans.