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 Welcome Home!
afan
Posted: May 11 2005, 08:09 AM


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It was a beautiful morning. Slightly overcast, occasionally, with bright sun in between. The brief showers reminded some of, well, being there. This VietNam era vet enjoyed being with them as they milled around, renewing acquaintances, making new friends.

"Welcome Home." It was a greeting repeated many times during the day. A hand shake, a warm embrace, a knowing smile. The Table Ceremony to honor the POW/MIA/KIA. The Marine Corps League, the JrROTC posting colors, and the hundreds of motorcycles.

A vet from Ripley was there in a very rumpled uniform. It fit just fine. He had locked his trunks and had not opened them since they left Viet Nam, until Friday night. He had to be at the Veterans' Memorial on Saturday, and he finally was ready to open those trunks. As he touched those long forgotten pieces of his history, he had to put the uniform on one more time. He could not explain why he wore it to Charleston on Saturday. His grown son asked him. But even his son understood that it was an important day. As I watched him walk away in the mist, pride once again in his stride, comfortable in those tired, worn uniform pieces, it was clear he was finally home.

Welcome Home, friends!
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karl
Posted: May 15 2005, 10:20 PM


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Glad you went Pat. Thanks for your report.

I would like to see the State and/or Nation hold a "Welcome Home" for Vietnam era vets.
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afan
Posted: May 18 2005, 10:27 PM


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Ross Perot thought so, too, Karl. He is the driving force behind the "Welcome Home" event in Branson, MO next month.
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