The event was held ahead of National Vietnam War Veterans Day, which is celebrated annually on March 29.
“Every day is Veterans Day,” said Addabo. “We’re taking a special moment to acknowledge special veterans, who, upon returning home, were not respected as they should have been.”
Addabbo presented a Valley Forge American-made U.S. flag to member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32 which will be flown above the clocktower.
Addabbo have a more significany ceremony next year at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst Park, which is scheduled to open this December.
The historic clocktower is owned by Jamaica Hospital.
“He gives us a flag every few months, and it flies proudly above the clock tower here,” said hospital manager Patrick Rudden of the Addabbo.
Hospital workers braved strong winds to climb to the top of the clocktower and hoist the flag as the crowd below applauded.
“The Vietnam Veterans model is ‘never again shall one group of veterans abandon another,’” said VVA member Doug Williams. “We live by that, and I hope that everybody else does too.”