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Honoring vets on National Vietnam War Veterans Day

30 Marcha 2018, 07:07 | Gervasio Siguenza

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2018 National Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony in West Springfield pays tribute to those who served (photos)

"They are Vietnam Veteran pins that we put on the wreaths".

The Commissary and Exchange commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by honoring Vietnam-ear veterans and their families.

Speakers at the event included John Pollack, U.S. Navy; Mo Baines, U.S. Army 5th Special Forces; Gordon Fields, chief warrant officer; VA cemetery director Jeny Walker; VA Medical Director Dean Borsos; and other veterans from the Vietnam era.

Gov. Bruce Rauner, who was a teenager when USA combat troops left Vietnam in 1973, recalled the conflict's political and emotional turmoil Thursday during a ceremony at the University of IL at Springfield.

More than 58,000 Americans killed during the entire war.

Fifty years after coming home from a war only to be called "babykillers" and "murderers", Vietnam War veterans stood in silence for their fallen comrades in the first ever National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

But March 29th is a date that Vietnam War veterans will remember forever.

"People stop and they thank you for your service, and they're really appreciative", Zemel said of the interactions he has nowadays. They came home and kept fighting for us, helping build the America that we love and cherish.

"Brotherhood. It don't happen no more, but if you have somebody that served in combat and risked their life with everybody, it's a bond that you can't.that man is tighter than family with me", says Reeves.

"It's an honor to pay tribute to our Vietnam veterans who gave so much during their time in the military and who continue to give back to their communities long after their service has ended", said Reeves. American Legion Commander Robert Ruiz said it was a great turnout and a very warm welcome for all the Vietnam War veterans.

"We are there for all veterans - not just our own", he said.

"The average age of a Vietnam veteran now is 70 years old".



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