"This was a wonderful ceremony", Patterson said. "Instead they returned to face indifference or even outright hostility from the American public, many of whom confused service with the politics of war". "That parade was over a mile long, and the people were stacked 10 deep".
0ther speakers included John Rosentrater, the cemetery's director, who told guests that 17,000 veterans and their family members are laid to rest at Sarasota National Cemetery, where they are given "a final resting place of dignity, honor and respect", and the Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, The Hon. Though there were a lot of people in the United States who didn't support the war, for those who served it was a noble cause, he said.
Signed into law a year ago, Thursday, March 29 was National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
"This opportunity, with all of our guests, dignitaries, and especially my fellow veterans, is a privilege", he began.
Bishop noted this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, some of the bloodiest fighting of the war.
"It's nice to see that Americans can now come together as a community and say 'thank-you, ' to the Vietnam veterans".
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Those marching said they want to call attention to the many social evils that still plague communities, all over the world. Another passer-by, Eric, who was also happy to see the re-enactment, said: "Is come I come up and buck up inna this".
Two Vietnam-era veterans were individually recognized Thursday for their post-war service.
Of the 27,000 that served from South Dakota, 210 gave the ultimate sacrifice and of those, 192 of them have their names on the National Vietnam War Memorial in Washington. "People did not want to talk about it".
"Listen up, you may fall asleep but this information may save your life while in Vietnam", said Cutler. During that stint, he was a driver again, this time for a lieutenant colonel, he said.
"I'm quite privileged to be here", he said. "The military would take this young man, draft him into the Army ... and within six months would teach them to be a killer", said Becker.
The hundreds of Vietnam War veterans gathered at Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock on Thursday - although many crippled by combat and old age - sprang to their feet as a brass ensemble played through each military branch's song. Shankman said veterans are being treated better now and the Statehouse event shows it.
VA representatives were on hand Thursday to help veterans with questions about benefits, eligibility and enrollment in VA services. There are more than 140 granite lampposts throughout campus commemorating each Baylor student who died while serving our country. "When I came back from Vietnam, nobody cared to talk to us, they assumed we were insane".