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Episode 2425 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about how patriotism and respect for Vietnam Veterans was demonstrated at the University of North Dakota on Veterans Day. The featured story appeared in The UND Today – The University of north Dakota’s Official News Source and is titled UND’s commitment to veterans shines through. The story was submitted by Patrick C. Miller. He is the Strategic Communications Editor, UND Communications Energy and environmental technologies, biomedical research, unmanned aircraft systems. He holds a B.S. in News/Editorial Journalism, South Dakota State.
For all those who subscribe to the idea that patriotism in America is on the decline, let them go to the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks. On Veterans Day, 2022 the University conducted a Veterans Day ceremony at the Gorecki Alumni Center last Friday.
In his keynote address UND President Andrew Armacost’s voice choked with emotion when describing the defiance, resilience and perseverance displayed by American prisoners of war who spent years of their lives in torturous captivity during the Vietnam War.
Another element of the Veterans Day activities was a reference to the recent Honor Flight from Grand Forks. According to Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski, who is a UND graduate, said one of the best moments of his past two years as mayor was helping to welcome Vietnam-era veterans back from their Honor Flight visit to Washington, D.C.
“To see those men in their 70s and 80s – strong, tough, warfighting men – come back grinning ear to ear with tears rolling down their faces as they walked off that plane, they got the reception they deserved 50 years ago, but didn’t get until that day,” Bochenski recalled.
Listen to episode 2425 and discover more about how patriotism and respect for Vietnam Veterans was demonstrated at the University of North Dakota on Veterans Day.