They had a hard time when they came home, but look at all the things they do for our community. He said he supported the war, but he recalls the toll it took and the way the conflict divided America like no other since the Civil War. USA involvement in Vietnam spanned five presidential administration, from Eisenhower to Ford.
The memorial holds the names of 2,705 Marines and Sailors who fought and lost their lives serving under the 5th Marine Regiment during the Vietnam War. He was drafted into service in July 1969 and was deployed to Vietnam on December 22, 1969.
After being on the ground for only 45 minutes, Hill was sacked upon by AK-47s. Ware said, "coming up and thanking me for my service where before they just ignored it and didn't care".
Perhaps the most unique part of Hill's speech was an overview of the animals that are indigenous to Vietnam.
McNeil was the only veteran there who had served in three wars - World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He would accompanying them as they were flown back to the United States.
His first time to Vietnam was in 1965, moving in from Okinawa. "I've gotten over that, and I think that the more we get together like this, the more we can maybe help some of them get through the past problems that they've had".
This event is more than just a thank you.
"He was missing in action for three days or so and I can remember the vehicle driving up with a military officer in it and giving the news to my mom and our family", Doskocil said. "It's really important that you allow yourself to be a hero".
The ceremony finished off with Wright reading the Washington County resolution to the crowd, followed by an Honor Guard Salute and the playing of Taps.
The camaraderie continued at the American Legion Post #4.
The ceremony consisted of speakers like Vietnam purple heart recipient Richard Boyanton and Air Force veteran Roy Clark.
Mitch Sparks is a retired Navy veteran and acting director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Tina Morgan conducted the Missing Man Table Ceremony, which pays tribute to POWs and MIAs.
"I can't explain how proud I am of her".
The event in Plainfield was put on by U.S. Sen.
Remarks were delivered by West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt and state Rep. John Velis, D-Westfield, to the several hundred in attendance.
Following the posting of the colors, a attractive rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Sharon Scott, the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation, guests heard from Gerry Radford, President and CEO of Tidewell Hospice and Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, who introduced keynote speaker, Gen. Hugh Shelton, US Army (Ret.). The U.S. began commemoration of the Vietnam War's 50th anniversary in 2012 and will continue through Veterans Day 2025. A group of fourth grade students from Westside Elementary School attended the event and handed out programs.