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The Evanston Vet Center and the Evanston Public Library will jointly host a commemorative event to honor Vietnam War Veterans at 1 p.m. on April 16 at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and thousands of other organizations across the country are joining together in the U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration to honor Vietnam Veterans throughout 2016, to mark the 50th anniversary of the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam.

“Our Nation’s Vietnam War Commemoration is a long-overdue opportunity for all Americans to recognize, honor, and thank our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices during one of America’s longest wars,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald said in a statement to kick off the VA’s participation.

The joint event at the Evanston Public Library will feature speakers, including Cook County Commissioner and Veteran Larry Suffredin. Vietnam Veterans in attendance will be individually recognized with a commemorative pin. Refreshments will be provided.