MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Patriots Point is remembering Vietnam War veterans Thursday as part of its Vietnam Veterans Day festivities. Thursday marks the 45th anniversary of U.S. troops leaving the country on March 29, 1973.
All Vietnam veterans and their immediate family will be offered free admission Thursday and each Vietnam veteran who visits will receive a Vietnam veteran lapel pin from the Defense Department.
"Throughout the past few years, we've become a place where Vietnam veterans gather on Vietnam Veterans Day," Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette said in a statement. "We hope the crowd continues to grow this year, and we are honored to have the opportunity to thank, celebrate and honor these heroes."
Lowcountry House Rep. Mark Sanford will also visit the museum at 9:15 a.m. Thursday.
The museum will also hold a brief ceremony inside its Vietnam War exhibit at 1 p.m. More than 58,000 U.S. troops died in the war, 896 of those were South Carolinians.