At the September 13, 2016 City Council meeting, Theresa Gavalya, Team Leader of the Parma Readjustment Council Service Vet Center, presented the City with a Certificate of Recognition from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for hosting the American Veterans Traveling Tribute in July appropriately recognizing and honoring the service, valor and sacrifice of our nation’s Vietnam Veterans.
From July 18 to July 24, 2016, 20,000 people visited the replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Middleburg Heights. During that week, 400 veterans were commemoratively pinned. At the event held on Saturday, July 23, a Major General announced to all those in attendance, including local news outlets, that the hospital signed up more veterans for healthcare that week than they ever had.
The Major General said, “It took all of you, it took the city, all of the residents who volunteered, the Chamber of Commerce and the VA to honor these people. It was wonderful that you were able to reach out to not only Vietnam Veterans to get into healthcare, but also honor all veterans that came.”