February 9, 2021
The Board of LVMAC has met and decided to cancel this year’s “Salute to the Troops” annual banquet scheduled for early May. As you might guess, the current pandemic and the health safety instructions required have both affected making it a worthwhile event.
We expect to now hold the event on 6 May 2022 at the Steel Club in Hellertown. Mark it down on your calendars now after washing your hands.
In the meantime, we are exploring alternative ways to salute the troops in the current environment.
As of 3 February 2021
November 9, 2020
Despite the pandemic, the “march” goes on in some creative ways. Go to LVMAC Special Events and the Morning Call site.
As of 8 November 2020
May 20, 2020
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic causing cancellation of its original live event plans, the Pennsylvania Music Society (PAMPS) is partnering with WFMZ-TV 69, the Lehigh and Northampton County Executives, and the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council (LVMAC) to sponsor a special community-wide live streaming event on Memorial Day 2020 centered around the nationwide Moment of Remembrance. Read the rest of this entry »
March 20, 2020
It was to be expected, but now it is official:
As of 20 March, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration (NCA) will only conduct committal services for groups of 10 or fewer people.
But as of 23 March, committal services (including honors) will not be conducted until further notice. Both of these announcements, especially the latter, will affect the rendering of military honors. They are discontinued until further notice — including those conducted by The American Legion, VFW, etc. The same is occurring de facto at private graveside services, and funeral homes are limiting presences at their facilities, as you might have read. Read the rest of this entry »
April 11, 2019
The Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council (LVMAC) and the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem are again sponsoring events in May to honor our local military, veterans and their families. The Board of Directors cordially invites the members of our community and those still serving to participate in and provide support for these events: Read the rest of this entry »
March 8, 2019
Two years ago, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act into law. That Act designates every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It was March 29, 1973, when the last of our combat troops left Vietnam and, argumentatively, the day the last American prisoners of war held in North Vietnam came home.
Vietnam War Veterans Day is part of our nation’s ongoing commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Source: 2019 National Vietnam War Veterans Day – VAntage Point
As of 8 March 2019