By Rebecca Barnett
There is not a day that goes by that we should not thank our military servicemen and women for fighting for our freedom … and this is true for our Vietnam Veterans. We would like to “Welcome You Home” every year and thank you for being a part of our community and keeping our legacy alive!
At the end of the longest war in history, there was not a “Welcome Home” parade and most of the warfighters were forgotten about. During the years 1964 to 1975, the Vietnam War claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American service members and wounded more than 150,000 soldiers. For the men who served in Vietnam and survived unspeakable horrors, coming home offered its own kind of trauma.
On Saturday, March 27, the Winchester American Legion and the VFW provided dinner for our Vietnam Veterans and their families to honor their sacrifices and service to our country. We also unveiled a picture that was donated in remembrance of those that served during the Vietnam War.
Matt Barber, the outgoing VFW Commander, wanted to thank all the families for getting their Vietnam Veterans to the dinner last night. We apologize if we did not get a hold of you or your veteran, we went through several American Legion and VFW lists as well as calling local people to try to find as many people as possible and get them there without them knowing. For any Vietnam Veteran who would like to see the area we have dedicated to you all, please get a hold of us and we will open it to you.
Barber stated, “Vietnam Veterans Day is March 29 each year. Please take a moment to remember those who came back, those who didn’t, and remember that freedom is never free nor guaranteed. These veterans went and fought honorably and with extreme courage when so many in our country abandoned them. We should make every effort to let them know how much we appreciate them and their sacrifice.”
Several businesses from our community donated items for their gift bags:
Donohoo Barber Shop