Events planned to honor Vietnam War Veterans

Events planned to honor Vietnam War Veterans

WASHINGTON — The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is set to honor those who fought in the Vietnam War.

The events are set to take place nationwide on March 29th. Two events are scheduled here in the Upper Peninsula.

The Escanaba Vets Center will honor veterans with a ceremony at American Legion Post 71 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Another event is scheduled at the Bay College West Campus in Iron Mountain beginning at 11:00 a.m., where memorabilia from the Hermansville Vietnam War Museum will be on display.

The ceremonies all revolve around one thing: Thanking our veterans.

“When they came back from their duty in Vietnam, they weren’t welcomed home very well. Our country had a very anti–war feeling at the time especially in the late 60’s,” said Brad Nelson, Public Affairs Officer for the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center.

“It is a chance for us to say thanks and to really recognize them. We have our World War II generation passing at a higher and higher rate that our biggest population is the Vietnam Veterans,” Nelson added.

The U.S. involvement in Vietnam lasted twenty years from 1955-1975.