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When you hear the story featured in this podcast episode you will have a hard time not becoming a New York Jets fan. The story comes from Tap Into Cranford, Your Neighborhood News Online, titled: Vets Meet Jets in Jersey. It tells about a group of 150 Vietnam Veterans from all veterans organizations who decided to meet to commemorate the Vietnam War and to enjoy a reunion of their fellow veterans.
It seems that Michael Maccagnan, the General Manager of the New York Jets heard about the meeting and decided to take action. The Jets Organization invited 150 Vietnam Veterans to their practice facility in Florham Park to help mark the event and to make it more special to the veterans. The veterans were treated very well at the event. It was kicked off by a sumptuous buffet breakfast that was followed ” by the Cranford NJ VFW Post #335’s Color Guard and a patriotic Pledge of Allegiance by the group. “Amazing Grace” was played meticulously by the 12 member Union County Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Corp. MIA-POW’s were remembered by the placement of table and empty chair in their honor.
Of course there were speakers on the program. The first speaker was MOH recipient Jack Jacobs was welcomed with a two minute standing round of applause. He spoke about the action in Kien Phong Province in 1968 that resulted in his award. Next on the speakers list was Major General Troy Kok head of the 99th Regional Support Command at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. He commented on the value of military service to one’s country.
Michael Maccagnan closed with words of thanks and he handed out commemorative pins with a handshake and sincere “thank you” to each and every Vietnam Veteran in attendance. Afterwards all were invited to watch a brief practice on the outside practice turf by the Jets squad followed by a meet and greet autograph session with the players.