Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans

Welcome Home!

It's taken a while to welcome home those soldiers who fought
in Southeast Asia in the 60s and 70s

They came home to hate for what they did for their country
Some had a choice while most didn't.

Young men all and far too many lost their lives on foreign soil
Mourned by family and friends but not by the nation
back in the 60s and 70s

I am so proud of Husband Jim

This is my all time favorite picture of Jim -- taken in Vietnam

At 17 he joined the Air Force
At 20 he volunteered for Vietnam
He served three tours
He came home

To a country who didn't appreciate what he did for his country.

Today, throughout most of the Nation
It is
Vietnam Veteran's Day

But in Kansas, it's Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans Day
Enacted into law in 2014

I'm proud that our nation finally recognized
the sacrifices of the men who served in the Viet Nam War


Our National Cemetery
(National Cemetery Number One)
hosted an event for local Vietnam Veterans

A small program with a speaker

And a commemorative lapel pin for each Veteran present

Old men now, these heroes of Southeast Asia
Who proudly served their country
And came home

A lapel pin for these Vets to wear proudly

From a grateful nation

Jim's favorite ball cap

Vietnam Vets

Welcome Home!


Carrie said...

I didn't know about this holiday. My dad served as a medic. So nice that these brave men are getting recognized for their hard work and bravery.

ellen b said...

Thank you to your husband for his service. It really was such a tragedy on how our military was treated during the Viet Nam war and afterwards. I hope the late welcome homes will help with emotional healing...

Pondside said...

In the early 70's The Great Dane and I were living just outside Philadelphia where he was posted with the Canadian Air Force on exchange. We knew many career military men who had been/were on their way/were in Vietnam. I will never, ever forget their loyalty and belief in their duty. It's so good that your state is recognising the veterans and honouring them.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

I am of this generation and always felt very sad at the way the soldiers were greeted when they returned from Viet Nam...(What a good thing spell check is not automatic here since it wanted me to write "Diet Nam". Maybe it should be one word? )I was always a little confused about this "conflict" and remember reading newspapers in my high school library in 1962, trying to figure out how this happened. Or even what had happened, exactly. But my research was not that successful.....When I married ten years later my husband took a job at a university in Germany for a few years. When we returned the war was still happening but my oldest child was born April 30th, 1975, the day South Vietnam surrendered. All so sad. But I appreciate the service and sacrifice and suffering of our troops and am glad to hear about this holiday......

Pat said...

I agree, we as a Nation and a State waited far too long to recognize our Vietnam Veterans.
Thank you for sharing the events in your hometown of Fort Scott, dear friend!
Thank you to husband, Jim, for his years of Service. I'm glad he came home!

Southerncook said...

What a lovely tribute to your Vietnam Vets.