My son-in-law, Eric, is a curator at a veteran's museum. He spends a lot of his time with veterans and has become quite an advocate on their behalf. One project he's been working on is a large display for Vietnam Veterans. At this museum, each display is about a particular veteran, his or her story, in addition to things such as letters, uniforms, etc.
Eric's Dad is a Vietnam Veteran and this display features his story.
Yesterday was Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Celebration Day. As we know, many soldiers returning from the Vietnam War were treated with disdain. They were sent to fight a war and all the horrors that come with that experience, and then returned to a country that didn't want to thank them. Eric's Dad said he was even spit upon. Today was a day we could say, "Thank-you". It's not about the politics of the war. It's about remembering that a lot of these people were just kids when their lives were interrupted to fight a war. Many didn't make it back. We were really proud of Eric and the work he did to bring honor to these men and women.
The press was there, many veterans and their families were there, senators, even the Gov. of Wyoming. We were all there to show support and to say "thanks". Good job, Eric!