By CHERIL VERNON
Compared to soldiers who have returned from earlier wars, Vietnam War soldiers who returned home didn't face warm welcomes and parades.
Instead of receiving a welcome fitting for the sacrifice they made for this country, the majority of the returning troops were met with protests, criticism and hostility. The Vietnam War had divided the nation and caused great controversy.
Decades have passed and things are different. Back then those who were against the war did not support the troops like many do today.
The date March 29 is considered Vietnam Veterans Day. On March 29, 1973, the last troops were withdrawn from South Vietnam.
The Herald-Press, in conjunction with the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Dogwood Chapter 991, wants to honor local Vietnam Veterans in March by publishing short stories of their experience.
Local Vietnam veterans — or their family members — are invited to send in 500-word or less stories about serving during the Vietnam War. A photo can be included.
The stories — and photos — can be sent to the Herald-Press via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The information also can be brought to the Herald-Press office at 519 N. Elm St.
Deadline to submit information is Friday, March 7.
For more information, call community editor Cheril Vernon at 903-729-0281, ext. 243.