Vietnam War Veterans Day

Gov. Henry McMaster

Gov. Henry McMaster

He was happy with the turnout.

The ceremony was complete with a color guard, rifle volley, wreath laying and a bugler playing taps. Jennifer Rugh, an employee in the prosecutor's office, sang the National Anthem.

Skip Steinbeiser, of Altoona, displays an anniversary quilt that he made during Vietnam Era Veterans Recognition Day at 1st Summit Arena @ Cam...

"They deserve our greatest gratitude".

"Today brings closure to a lot of families, especially from these last seven", Waco Veterans Memorial Historian Robert Gamboa said. "So this is very special, as far the community getting together and welcoming Vietnam veterans home".

Becker said there is nothing glamorous about war. They were not allowed to take their rightful place among America's heroes.

Gen. Shelton spent 38 years in the service, including two combat tours in Vietnam and two terms as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Clinton and Bush. He explained he held many different positions while over there.

"For the people to put this on, I think it's awesome", he said. Jim Lukeazewski said, adding the event was a chance for veterans to chat and reflect with others who knew what they'd been through and how tumultuous the world was in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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He said the events like the Vietnam Veteran's Day open house give people the chance they need to get these hard feelings off their chest.

"We have shown that we have given back to this country", Lynch said. "What a better pool of young men than these teenage boys". "Even the VFWs and the American Legions didn't want anything to do with us". They were excellent physical shape, used to working and easy to train.

Along with those killed, more than 300,000 Americans were wounded in Vietnam.

Clark says, "We really do need to remember those that sacrificed what they did in Vietnam". They didn't train you to not do what you were doing. "When I came home from Vietnam, I remember coming through the airport in San Francisco being spit on and being called a baby killer".

Dee Albritton remembers being spit on almost 50 years ago when he returned home from fighting in Vietnam. "Their service and sacrifice to this country should never be forgotten", Honeycutt said.

"I had more that I didn't like than I did like".

"It's just, I like the support, the enthusiasm and the interest", Watts said. "Everybody needs honoring that is in the service", Frost said. "I was drafted right out of high school in Washburn, Maine in fact", said Rideout. They sent a notice to the house and my parents sent it me.

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