Some say it will help right a wrong. Thirty-six years after the end of the Vietnam War, veterans will be given the thank you many never received on their return home.
On March 30, communities across the nation will salute the service and sacrifice of its Vietnam veterans. The U.S. Congress and Senate proclaimed the date as "National Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" in resolutions passed in 2007. Last year, the city of Whittier hosted its first welcome home celebration. More than 4,000 veterans, their families and friends attended the event at California High School.
This year the celebration will happen Sunday March 29. Organizers call it a living memorial, honoring all those who have served in times of war and unrest. Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day is free and open to the public. Among the highlights will be a military vehicle show, a gallery of military memorabilia, live music, custom cars and motorcycles, as well as family entertainment and live music.
You can give your thanks to war veterans in person. Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day event will be held again at California High School Stadium. It is located at 9800 Mills Ave. in Whittier, just south of the 60 Freeway and east of the 605 Freeway. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You can call 562-696-3965 for more information, or go to the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day website.
The event is being organized in collaboration with the offices of Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and U.S. Congresswoman Linda Sanchez.