More than 40 years after the war ended, members of the community are trying to make good on a long overdue welcome.
The Tioga County Veterans’ Service Agency held a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony outside of the county courthouse Thursday.
An honor guard presented colors and Taps was played as a wreath was placed by the Vietnam War Memorial.
Last year, President Trump declared March 29, as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Marine Corps veteran Bill Chandler helped to organize the event.
Chandler served during the Vietnam era but was stationed in Haiti instead.
Nevertheless, he says all returning military members were poorly treated, spit on and called baby-killers.
Chandler thinks ceremonies like this can help a little.
“At least they feel appreciated for what they did, for what they sacrificed. These guys that were in combat, they’re suffering daily because of Agent Orange. That’s terrible. We’re losing guys left and right just because of a weed killer that sprayed over there years ago,” said Chandler.
Chandler says bringing awareness to the issue has helped to make life easier for today’s returning servicemen and women.
After the wreath-laying, an event and luncheon was held at VFW Post 1371 to honor veterans, those who lost their lives in action and their families.