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Vietnamese community recognized at Falls Church veterans picnic


FALLS CHURCH, VA – The Greater Falls Church Veterans Council held their annual picnic Sunday in Cherry Hill Park after canceling last year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual event allows several veterans organizations to come together each year to recognize members of the local community for their support of veterans causes. This year’s event, the 10th Annual Picnic, focused on the many contributions and sacrifices made by the local Vietnamese community on behalf of other community members in the Falls Church area.

Many people from Vietnam, including members of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, made their home in Falls Church, Arlington, and other parts of Northern Virginia after the Vietnam War.

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With food provided by Falls Church VFW Post 9274 and representatives of the Catholic War Veterans Post 1652 and the American Legion Post 130, the event at Cherry Hill Park included music and an awards ceremony recognizing special efforts community members.

The Greater Falls Church Veterans Council was established as a non-profit organization in 2003 by representatives of the American Legion, veterans of foreign wars and Catholic veterans posts in the area who wanted a incorporated organizations represent their interests before the government of the city of Falls Church, the State of Virginia and the United States Veterans Administration.

From left to right, John Mattewson, Quartermaster of VFW Post 9274, Bob Smith and Jerry Gibbon of GFCVC, and Dave Crance, Chaplain of VFW Post 9274. (Courtesy of VFW Post 9274)

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