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National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29th

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  1. Ernst

    Ernst .270 WIN

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    National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed every year on March 29th and is our nation's way of thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

    Vietnam era U.S. Armed Forces personnel served on active duty service between November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. This included Nine million Americans of which 6.4 million are living today. Of the 2.7 million U.S. service members that served in Vietnam, 58,000 names of those killed are memorialized on a black granite wall in our Nation’s capital.

    Additionally, 304,000 personnel were wounded, 1,253 are still Missing in Action (MIA) and have not yet returned to American soil plus 2,500 were Prisoners of War (POWs).

    While these are traumatic times and many are suffering from choronavirus please take the time to remember our Vietnam vets. Call one up, check on him or her and thank them for their service.

    They paid the price of freedom we now enjoy!

    To all my fellow Vietnam brothers and sisters, take care.

  2. Ernst

    Ernst .270 WIN

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    Many of you are much younger than I and likely don't remember or even know anything about the Vietnam War. Years ago Arlo Guthrie wrote a folk song about the war. His words describe the mood of the times and what military folks faced upon their return. As March 29th approaches and given all the chaos and panic across the nation it might be good to read these words.

    And also remember the old saying, "Tough Times Never Last, Tough People Do".

    Bless all our veterans, but especially our Vietnam ones on this day!


    When A Soilder Makes It Home

    Halfway around the world tonight
    In a strange and foreign land
    A soldier packs his memories
    As he leaves Vietnam
    And back home, they don't know too much
    There's just no way to tell
    I guess you had to be there
    For to know that war was hell
    And there won't be any victory parades
    For those that's coming back
    They'll fly them in at midnight
    And unload the body sacks
    And the living will be walking down
    A long and lonely road
    Because nobody seems to care these days
    When a soldier makes it home
    They'll say it wasn't easy
    Just another job, well done
    As the government in Saigon falls
    To the sounds of rebel guns
    And the faces of the comrades
    Being blown out of the sky
    Leaves you bitter with the feeling
    That they didn't have to die
    And there won't be any victory parades
    For those that's coming back
    They'll fly them in at midnight
    And unload the body sacks
    And the living will be walking down
    A long and lonely road
    Because nobody seems to care these days
    When a soldier makes it home
    Halfway around the world tonight
    In a strange and foreign land
    A soldier unpacks memories
    That he saved from Vietnam
    Back home they didn't know too much
    There was just no way to tell
    I guess you had to be there
    For to know that war was hell
    And there wasn't any big parades
    For those that made it back
    They flew them in at midnight
    And unloaded all the sacks
    And the living were left walking down
    A long and lonely road
    Because nobody seemed to care back then
    When a soldier made it home
    The night is coming quickly
    And the stars are on their way
    As I stare into the evening
    Looking for the words to say
    That I saw the lonely soldier
    Just a boy that's far from home
    And I saw that I was just like him
    While upon this earth I roam
    And there may not be any big parades
    If I ever make it back
    As I come home under cover
    Through a world that can't keep track
    Of the heroes who have fallen
    Let alone the ones who won't
    Which is why nobody seems to care
    When a soldier makes it home

  3. meanstreak

    meanstreak .30-06 Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Those were certainly uncertain times for sure if you were a young man just getting out of high school and registered with the selective service. Being turned down for jobs because you were "draft age".

    In a couple of years I did end up getting a draft notice, but joined the air force instead. I was fortunate as I did not have to go to Vietnam.

    To the ones here that did go you have my utmost respect.

    From one vet to the another, I salute each and every one of you.
  4. meanstreak

    meanstreak .30-06 Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Oh, one more thing...

    Ernst, thanks for starting this thread and posting the song.
  5. Ernst

    Ernst .270 WIN

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    Meanstreak, thanks for your service brother!

    Arlo, slightly updated a couple of words in the video to reflect the time of the concert in the early 90s but It was, as the words say, a fairly accurate depiction of how many of our returning soldiers were treated and how a large segment of the civilian population despised both the war and those who served in the military whether in Vietnam or stateside.

    Forutantly, veterans from recent conflicts have been treated as returning hero's and to a large extent received the attention the deserved. Many of our Vietnam era brothers and sisters at still today "walking down a long and lonely road", especially those suffering the effects of Agent Orange and our large percentage of homeless vets.

    2017 Presidential Proclamation

    "To ensure the sacrifices of the 9 million heroes who served during this difficult chapter of our country’s history are remembered for generations to come, I signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, designating March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Throughout this Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and every March 29 thereafter, we will honor all those who answered our Nation’s call to duty."

    President Trump
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