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Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

SADLY, "WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY" FIZZLES

While many states honor the day, and the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, March 30 goes largely unrecognized.

by Larry Scott, VA Watchdog dot Org
 
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Did you know that March 30 was "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day?"

No?  Neither did most of America.
There was nothing on my local radio and TV stations.  There was nothing in my two local newspapers.

And, Googling the expression in quotes turns up little in the way of public assemblies honoring Vietnam veterans. Once again, the citizens of our country have turned their heads and looked the other way.

And, amazingly, there is no mention on the website of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)  http://www.vva.org  Shame on you!

To my Brother and Sister veterans who served in Vietnam, Welcome Home.
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Source: http://www.vawatchdog.org/10/nf10/nfmar10/nf033110-3.htm
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Gettin' old, Phred!

38 years since the last plane out!

I've never asked before -- were you there at the end?

I was never in theatre (I'm a faux "paper vet," and unashamedly used my Vietnam GI Bill benefits) but aircraft, shipmates and flight crewmembers from my squadrons VAH-1 and VQ-2 were, including WIA, KIA and POW.

For those who may not remember:

=== 1969 ===

Let us all understand that the question before us is not whether some Americans are for peace and some Americans are against peace....

The great question is: How can we win America's peace?...

For the future of peace, precipitate withdrawal would thus be a disaster of immense magnitude.

-- A nation cannot remain great if it betrays its allies and lets down its friends.

-- Our defeat and humiliation in South Vietnam without question would promote recklessness in the councils of those great powers who have not yet abandoned their goals of world conquest.

-- This would spark violence wherever our commitments help maintain the peace-in the Middle East, in Berlin, eventually even in the Western Hemisphere.

Ultimately, this would cost more lives.

It would not bring peace; it would bring more war....

In order to end a war fought on many fronts, I initiated a pursuit for peace on many fronts.

--We have offered the complete withdrawal of all outside forces within 1 year.

--We have proposed a cease-fire under international supervision.

--We have offered free elections under international supervision....

And so tonight-to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans - I ask for your support.

I pledged in my campaign for the Presidency to end the war in a way that we could win the peace. I have initiated a plan of action which will enable me to keep that pledge.

Let us be united for peace. Let us also be united against defeat. Because let us understand: North Vietnam cannot defeat or humiliate the United States. Only Americans can do that....

Tonight I do not tell you that the war in Vietnam is the war to end wars. But I do say this: I have initiated a plan which Will end this war in a way that will bring us closer to that great goal.... ~ Nixon Radio Address, November 3, 1969

Entire text:
http://watergate.info/nixon/silent-majority-speech-1969.shtml

=== and this; 4 years and 27,000+ U.S. fatalities later ===

Good evening. I have asked for this radio and television time tonight for the purpose of announcing that we today have concluded an agreement to end the war and bring peace with honor in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia....

Throughout the years of negotiations, we have insisted on peace with honor. In my addresses to the Nation... I set forth the goals that we considered essential for peace with honor.

In the settlement that has now been agreed to, all the conditions that I laid down then have been met. A cease-fire, internationally supervised, will begin at 7 p.m., this Saturday, January 27, Washington time. Within 60 days from this Saturday, all Americans held prisoners of war throughout Indochina will be released. There will be the fullest possible accounting for all of those who are missing in action.

During the same 60-day period, all American forces will be withdrawn from South Vietnam.... ~ Nixon Radio/TV Address, January 23, 1973

Entire text:
http://www.watergate.info/nixon/73-01-23_vietnam.shtml
Phred

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Gettin' old, Phred!

38 years since the last plane out!

I've never asked before -- were you there at the end?


Gettin old???  Ain't that the truth. No clue where that 38 years went, seems like yesterday, as they say.

Not there at the end ... 1968 was my turn in the barrel over there.

A few of us had a small impromptu gathering last nite at the VFW to celebrate this not so well publicized Vietnam veterans day affair.  I think we had nine Vietnam veterans show up.  It was a good time.

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