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Today is Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, What will You do to Honor Them?

By Bryan Black

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans DayCongress recently passed a resolution making March 30th Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. The day is to honor Veterans who served during Vietnam and is much needed in my opinion.

When these brave men who sacrificed so much returned from duty, they were often met by protesters and anti-war clowns that belittled them and attempted to dishonor all that they stood for.

The significance of March 30th marks the anniversary of the day the last combat and combat support units completely withdrew from South Vietnam.

The image shown above is a photo I took during a Veteran’s Day parade a few years ago in Fort Worth. I thought it really captured the moment well and showed a true example of Vietnam Veteran’s pride in all they did to ensure our way of life here.

Please use this day to call, write, or personally thank a Vietnam Veteran for their service. Buy them a cup of coffee, turn your brain off and listen to their memories. One of these days their won’t be many of these Veterans left, much like our WWII Veterans and the few allies still living from WWI.

The absolute best way you can thank a Veteran though, is to live each day to its fullest and never let their sacrifice go in vain.

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Video

The video below is a great tribute to Vietnam Veterans and features some closing remarks by Debbie Lee, the mother of Marc Lee. Lee was the first SEAL killed in action during the Iraq war and fought bravely in Ramadi.

I was in BUD/s with Marc in class 251 and have worn a KIA bracelet with his name on for many years to honor his sacrifice. Please head over and visit Debbie’s Website, America’s Mighty Warriors, to learn how you can help honor and support America’s military heroes.

What will you do today to honor our country’s Vietnam Veterans?

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  • Excellent article Bryan, thanks.

    I’m the son of a Vietnam Veteren (who also lost his best friend in the war) and cannot imagine what it was like to come home to so much scorn. I fear if someone would react that way to him now, in my presence, I might find myself in lockdown somewhere 🙂 They went thru some suck for us, it’s only common sense and human that we honor them for that.

    Sorry for your loss, I imagine it wasn’t a big class in BUD/s, so I’m sure you knew him well.

    Thanks again.

    • Brian, glad to help get the word out however we can to honor Veterans. My dad was in the Army during Vietnam too, but never served in country. It’s sad to think of what some went through at the hands of haters. It’s great that there are now groups that get together to greet our returning Veterans at the airports and show their support.

      We started 251 with around 200 guys, made it through Hell Week with 70 and by the time I was rolled out for the hip flexor injury post pool-comp we were around 60. BUD/s classes get significantly smaller after Hell Week 🙂 I did know Lee well, but in retrospect had I known his time was short, I would have like to have gotten to know him even better.

    • I know, it’s great to see how much has changed over the years.

      Yah, he was in the Army Corps of Engineers and served by clearing roads and building bridges. That said, he definitely saw combat and ended up getting wounded when a piece of shrapnel hit him in the neck. I remember seeing a portrait taken of him in the service where the scar is plainly visible.

      Ha, yah, I’m sure the BUD/s numbers are cut way down after Hell Week. I’ve seen that show on Discovery about Class 234 a number of times and it still amazes me what you guys go thru (and I’m sure they only show the tame stuff on TV).

  • My father and father-in-law are both Navy Veterans who served during Vietnam. I had no idea today was marked as such and will defiantly let them know how proud I am to have them as family.
    God Bless all our Veterans and God Bless the USA!!

  • Blade Staker

    Who knew?
    Thursday will be the funeral and I’m sorry he missed this as I’m sure he didn’t know.
    )ne of three brothers that served, one of two that made it back home.

  • Brian M

    My Grandfather was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He saved so many lives and was shot down a couple times. His last flight left him in a burn ward for a while. I’ll never forget what he did for his country and his comrades.

  • Phil H

    awe shucks… it’s al gone now! I do not know who is really interested today in the nasty details of what a (grunt) on the ground really went through – it’s kind of personal if you know what I mean. “If it doesn’t kill you – it makes you stronger” is what they say. There isn’t much that bothers me now. Bring it on! Just say “Thank You” now and again…. Phil Humphries 101ABN RVN 1969

  • Donna

    My fiance served in Vietnam and while I didn’t know him during that time, I’m nevertheless very proud of him for it. He, and all the other brave servicemen and women, deserved all the respect and honor from our Country not the ridicule they received when they returned home. We just learned about “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” today. Was it only that one day…only that year?

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