When the Vietnam War ended in the 1970s, many Vietnam War veterans were treated badly upon their return to American soil.
As the anniversary for the end of the Vietnam War approaches later this month, Dogwood Trails Assisted Living & Memory Care Center and local veterans groups are planning a special event for the Vietnam veterans to give them the proper “thank you” and “welcome home” they deserved decades ago.
March 29, 1973 is recognized as the date when the last United States troops left South Vietnam, ending American's direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.
A free “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” barbecue lunch and program will start at 10 a.m. Friday, March 28 with a special ceremony. Area Vietnam veterans are invited to attend.
“This is your day, we want you to be here. Please come so we can say thank you for your service,” Dogwood Trails Assisted Living Activity Director Debbie Wesson said, encouraging Vietnam veterans to attend. “This is for all Vietnam veterans — they do not have to be members of a veterans organization to attend.”
Sandra Partin and Carolina Shannon will sing. A special program also is in the works.
Glenn Conner from Grace Visiting Nurses & DME will cook the brisket, with Gordon Brett from the DAV making potato salad. J.R. Miller from the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 991 will make bread pudding. Shep's Bar-B-Q & Catering will provide the cole slaw.
“Make plans to attend and let us honor you,” Wesson said.
The event is sponsored by Dogwood Trails Assisted Living & Memory Care Center, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 927, the Associates of Vietnam Veterans Chapter 991, Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3907 and Grace Visiting Nurses & DME.
For more information about the event, call Wesson at 903-723-0040.