Local veterans recognize first anniversary of National Vietnam War Veterans Day

175 Vietnam veterans honored in West Springfield ceremony

175 Vietnam veterans honored in West Springfield ceremony

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The Exchange pinning event is the first time he has been officially honored in the 50 years following Vietnam.

But this ceremony did have something else for Pastore in mind. He returned to Newton in 2015 to take part in the dedication of the Jasper County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Complex.

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"You have displayed your patriotism by never saying no when asked to sing".

"It is long overdue, and the few that remain deserve an extra helping of thank you", said Killian, who brought her husband's ashes to the cemetery.

"If this country is going to last, it has to be service over self", Lynch said. "Within six months, you could, you would and you were expected to kill people". This number represents 9.7% of their generation. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, was the keynote speaker. A retired Marine with a 20-year career in his history, Gibney told the veterans to share their stories. "It's one thing when people disagree with one another, but it's completely different when you feel like your whole country doesn't like you".

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"You just didn't claim to be a Vietnam veteran", said Simons. In 2002, Congress awarded Gen. Shelton the Congressional Medal for his service to his country. They sent a notice to the house and my parents sent it me. I learned my trade. "I've had an opportunity to see men who carried things with them for 45 years place those things at the wall". "If they could shoot it, I could fix it", Gibney said of when he joined at age 17. He was then promoted to become an officer. They didn't train you to not do what you were doing. Jim Lukeazewski said, adding the event was a chance for veterans to chat and reflect with others who knew what they'd been through and how tumultuous the world was in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Back then, the war's controversy overshadowed the troops' return. "We have not missed New Year's together in fifty years". I cut my leave short by two weeks. "The Agent Orange defoliant was used widely in Vietnam during the war is a direct causal agent for prostate cancer", says Hess, himself a Vietnam War veteran and prostate cancer survivor.

The 5th Marine Regiment is recognized as the Marine Corps most decorated regiment. They kept the faith. The tour was not without danger, he said, noting, "there were some close-calls". Though there were a lot of people in the United States who didn't support the war, for those who served it was a noble cause, he said.

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