Your Vietnam Veteran News podcaster, Mack Payne, recently took a ten day hiatus from spreading the news about the Great Vietnam Veteran Generation with a tour of the Mississippi River aboard American Cruise Lines super river steamer, The America. One of the highlights of the tour was the appearance of historian, writer, singer, musician and magician Bill Wiemuth. Among his many talents on display during the river cruise was that of presenting lectures about the river and its history. He was able to present a great deal of historical information in an enjoyable, informative and humorous manner that delighted the audience. You can learn more about Bill Wiemuth and his river history program at his website: riverhistory.com.
In this first episode since my Mississippi River sojourn, I want to tell you about an event that is in the works to honor Vietnam Veterans in West Virginia. The event is described in a story found in The Mountain Statesman titled: Giving Vietnam Veterans the recognition they deserve that was submitted by Sarah Jones, Senior Staff Writer. Jones reports that The Grafton National Cemetery will be holding a Vietnam Anniversary commemoration ceremony on Wednesday, March 29, at 2:30 p.m. The Cemetery Director, Keith Barnes stated: “The purpose of this ceremony is to thank and honor our veterans of the Vietnam War, and to give them the recognition they deserved when they came home all those years ago.”
The Grafton event is being held in conjunction with the DoD Fifty Year Commemoration of the Vietnam War Program. It will include a pinning ceremony for all Vietnam veterans in attendance. Barnes will be the keynote speaker with remarks to reflect the nation’s thanks to the Vietnam Veteran Generation for its service to the nation in a difficult war.
Everyone in the Grafton, West Virginia area are encouraged to attend this event to help show this generation of veterans how much they are appreciated. For more information, contact Keith Barnes, at 304-265-2044. CLICK HERE for more information about the Grafton National Cemetary.