Assemblyman Ted W. Lieu honored California veterans of the Vietnam War for their service to their country at a dinner recognizing the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial inSacramento December 12th.

“This memorial pays tribute to the 5,822 servicemen and servicewomen from California who were either killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War,” said Lieu. “More than 350,000 California veterans served in Vietnam, and I am proud to be a part of this anniversary to honor them for their service and sacrifice.”

Lieu, who authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 64, which established legislative recognition of the anniversary, presented a framed copy of the resolution at the dinner hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America California State Council and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Assemblymember Lieu has a terrific record on veterans affairs issues,” said Jerry Yamamoto, president of the 20th Anniversary California Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee. “We are grateful for his decision to carry ACR 64 to recognize the anniversary of this memorial, which means so much to California’s Vietnam veterans.”

Lieu served on active duty for four years as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps in the U.S. Air Force. During his tenure, Lieu received numerous awards and medals for his service in the Armed Forces, both abroad and locally.

The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial, dedicated on December 10th, 1988, is in Sacramento at the north-east section of the Capitol Park grounds of the State Capitol.

Lieu represents the 53rd Assembly District, which includes a portion of the Argonaut coverage area south of Santa Monica.