When Vietnam Veterans came home from that war many times they were treated like yesterday’s garbage. It was quite a letdown from their expectations. After serving and surviving a year in Vietnam where they endured tough circumstances as they battled a determined and elusive enemy in a challenging environment they had high expectations of a big welcome home from country and loved ones. Unfortunately those expectations of a big welcome home replete with parades, barbecue events and lots of yellow ribbons failed to materialize.
Vietnam Veterans were treated as if they were a stranger knocking on our collective door in the middle of the night and there was no answer from their country inside and their words were not heard. It was a terrible thing to endure for the veterans.
Thank the good Lord, America is a great nation and finally the day is dawning for a new appreciation for its Vietnam Veterans. The nation is at last beginning the see its Vietnam Veterans as the heroes they are. An effort by the Department of Defense known as the 50th Year Commemoration of the Vietnam War is leading the way in encouraging the holding of events to honor the veterans. Following the lead of the DOD Program events are being held across the country.
In this episode one of those events that will honor Vietnam Era Veterans will be highlighted. A press release in The Carmichael Times titled: Rancho Cordova Is Honoring Vietnam Vets from the City of Rancho Cordova tells about the occasion. The City of Rancho Cordova will honor all Vietnam War-era Veterans with a recognition event on Thursday, March 30th from 7-8 p.m., at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive.
All who were members of the armed forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 are invited to attend the event. Each veteran in attendance will be presented with a lapel pin and proclamation as a lasting memento of the nation’s gratitude. All qualifying veterans in Central California are encouraged to attend along with all those who would like to show their support and respect for those veterans.
More information for the event and reservations can be obtained from City Clerk Mindy Cuppy at (916) 851-8721 or email@example.com.