Travis Mills Foundation hosts breakfast to honor Maine's Vietnam War veterans

Travis Mills Foundation hosts breakfast to honor Maine's Vietnam War veterans

More than 60 people attended the service, according to Adjunct Jerry Diskin.

Lynch was the keynote speaker during the ceremony that was part of the U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration program, which was initiated in 2012 and continues until 2025. In 2017, President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 into law, designating March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

The veterans were given lapel pins, and any living United States veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time period between November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive one.

Gen. Shelton spent 38 years in the service, including two combat tours in Vietnam and two terms as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Clinton and Bush.

"This is a day to remember that era and that war", said Larry Zimmerman, secretary of South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs.

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In honor of the holiday, National Cemetery's across the country will participate in Vietnam War remembrance events throughout the week.

A veteran of an unpopular war, Rideout wants Vietnam vets to know they're remembered and appreciated. "It was bad." Ret. Sgt. Richard Ware, who served in the U.S Army during the war, said. "I would like to say that I am very happy and very proud to be here representing the Vietnam veterans", said Becker.

"Draftees like me were told what to do, and we had to do that", he said.

Butler said it's a moment they've longed for because each knows what the other went through. He said he supported the war, but he recalls the toll it took and the way the conflict divided America like no other since the Civil War.

"It was a shame the way they treated us".

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"Thank you for your service, your valor and your sacrifice", Coleman said to the Vietnam War vets.

Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed small American flags for every fallen veteran from the Moultrie and Colquitt County areas, as Gidge Taylor, the Veterans Committee chairman, read the names. The Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 65 honored Pastore for his dedication to the organization with a plaque and recognition.

"When we do something like this, it kind of brings some justice for those Vietnam veterans", said Wilson County Veterans Services director Michael McPherson.

We stand together to say now, what we should have done 45 years ago: "Thank you, and welcome home".

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