50th Anniversary Commemoration of Vietnam War in Modesto
The Modesto Vet Center held a proper, although belated, welcome home celebration for the community’s Vietnam Veterans on March 29, 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
In a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War, nearly 500 veterans of that conflict received pins, challenge coins and belated messages of “Thank you” and “Welcome home.”
The messages that went out to the assembled Vietnam vets were of thanks and of regret for the way the nation treated so many of them upon their return from the controversial war. “Of all the veterans, you were the most forgotten and blamed for what was going on,” Modesto police Chief Galen Carroll told the crowd. Because of the shameful way the country received its returning soldiers, veterans of conflicts since then have been rightfully remembered and honored, he said.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, who served 16 years in the Air Force and was in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Hope, in Iraq and Somalia, was the keynote speaker at the event.
“You fought two wars – one in the jungle abroad and then coming home to a group of people that were ungrateful. Because of you, that will never happen again,” he said to strong applause.
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