Welcoming home Vietnam vets

I recently attended and participated in the Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony March 29 at the Parkersburg City Park. There was a crowd of about 200 people. While observing the folks that were there I noticed that they were all either military or former military and their families.

We had an open microphone set up for those who wanted to say something about Vietnam or a lost loved one. Wonder where the hippie, draft-card burning, American flag-stomping, running-to-Canada cowards of my generation are today? They are the ones that I would like to welcome us home.

I have been back for 47 years, and haven’t got one from them yet. Shame on them. It makes me wonder what kind of explanation they gave their children when asked about the Vietnam War.

If they want to make themselves feel better, the next time they see a Vietnam veteran, thank them for their service to their country and welcome them home. You don’t know how much that means to us.

Roy Trembly