Another indication the times are changing for Vietnam Veterans is happening in Lake Havasu, Arizona this coming Saturday. An event is planned to honor area Vietnam Veterans. It is described in a story found in The Havasu News titled: City, Vet Center set to honor Vietnam veterans submitted by David Louis.
Lake Havasu City officials along with their Vet Center is teaming up with the DoD’s United States Of America Vietnam War Commemoration program to hold an event on Saturday, September 17, 2016 planned to begin at 1 p.m., Saturday at the Aquatic Center, 100 Park Ave. All U.S. veterans who served on active duty in the armed forces from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 are eligible to be honored and presented with a lapel pin as a memento of the nation’s gratitude.
Events like this is a refreshing change from the welcome home many Vietnam Veterans received with they came home from the war. Rather than being thanked for serving in a challenging war against a determined enemy in the rice paddies, jungles and mountains of Vietnam they were abused with scorn and derision. They were mischaracterized as monster baby killers.
Finally the country is beginning to see the error of their ways. Across the nation citizens are coming forward and offering the belated gratitude and recognition that should have been delivered 50 years. Vietnam Veterans are beginning to be seen as the true heroes they actually are in reality.
The of Lake Havasu City Mayor Mark Nexsen had it right when he said: “In my view, it’s the Vietnam veterans that have reminded us that we should all respect the job our military does. I feel that it’s important to show an appreciation of protecting our nation, making sure our freedoms continue to exist and … to say thank you, We must never forget it is the military that is protecting America from its enemies.”
All Vietnam Veterans in the area are encouraged to attend this event.
For more information or to RSVP call 928-505-0394 or 928-499-7453.