published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Better late than never: Vietnam veterans to get welcomed home
By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY
SEBRING -- Larry Roberts, AmVets Post 21 service officer and veteran of Desert Storm and Bosnia, warmly invites Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans to a special celebration Saturday -- the first "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day."
"We're doing this like they've just come back," Roberts said, grieving about the hostility and lack of respect veterans of that war faced returning home.
"We know we can't make up for what happened then, or make the pain go away, but they need to know we care now."
Roberts promises the speeches will be short and the food plentiful; flags will fly and elementary school students will give veterans handmade welcome home cards.
It will be a special day, Roberts said, adding the more who turn out, the better. "You don't have to have served in Vietnam, you just have to have served in that era," Roberts said.
To civilians, he adds, "please turnout so we can show our appreciation. Better late, than never."
AmVets is at 623 U.S. 27 S. in Sebring. The party starts at 4 p.m.
Donations of potluck side dishes are appreciated.
Call Roberts at 471-0176.
Better Late than Never (by: Bornhere Been there - 3/27/2013)
A LOT TO LITTLE A LOT TO LATE.
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