Veterans, 5th Marine Regiment Welcome New Vietnam War Memorial on Camp Pendleton
01 April, 2018, 02:39 | Author: Mable Gonzales
More than 60 people attended the service, according to Adjunct Jerry Diskin.
A handful of the USA troops who served during the Vietnam War were from the Northern Marianas and, like many of their comrades, were not welcomed as heroes upon their return home.
It was on March 29, 1973 that the last troops and support units withdrew from South Vietnam.
Now, Bruce and his fellow Vietnam Veterans are getting the acknowledgement and appreciation they were denied back then as part of the National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29.
CSM Gristow cut the cake and handed each veteran a lapel pin.
Sutherland, an OR native, returned to Vietnam two years ago.
The objective of the war still brews controversy but there is no contention veterans put their lives at risk for their country and some of their friends never came home because of it.
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More than 58,000 Americans killed during the entire war. "It was to give Vietnam veterans the honor that they deserve, that they didn't receive because it was such a controversial war". "Today is the first time the nation is recognizing our Vietnam War veterans and it's very gratifying", said Hess. "People didn't want to talk about it so we couldn't get things off our chests". "I told my wife and she was upset with me that I was going to report early", Gibney said of his second trip to Vietnam. "If they could shoot it, I could fix it", Gibney said of when he joined at age 17.
"This recognition means a lot to me", said Desselle. "I will never say no to you", Pastore said.
"Our Vietnam veterans are committing suicide at a higher rate than anyone else".
The reading comes as the communist country is poised to expand its overseas markets after signing an 11-nation Asia-Pacific trade deal this month that replaces the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), scrapped by the United States past year. The vet center welcomed veterans with a lunch buffet, information on veteran's services and memorabilia.
"Today, we're doing what we should've done 50 years ago", said Dr. Margie Scott, medical director of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.
Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed small American flags for every fallen veteran from the Moultrie and Colquitt County areas, as Gidge Taylor, the Veterans Committee chairman, read the names.
Founder and President of Crusaders for Veterans Kevin Cuttill, says "These people live as long as you remember them".
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