Tuesday, October 5, 2010

London, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Parade

London, Kentucky will have a weekend dedicated to Vietnam and Vietnam era veterans this weekend.
Friday there will be a flyover and vigil in honor of veterans. Saturday there will be a parade in London followed by a veteran reunion and concert.

Vietnam veterans did not receive a welcome home like WWII and other veterans from other conflicts.
This is just a small way to say Thank You and Welcome Home.

A lot of Vietnam veterans, because of the largely negative perception of the war, did not openly say that they had been in Vietnam; some did not even want to admit they were in the military.

Organizers say the ceremonies will be a solemn affair. "There is not a lot of hoopla that we're trying to do. We're not turning it into a festival because we want it to be somewhat of a reverent type event," said organizer Phil Smith.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996