On 50th Anniversary of Vietnam War, Local Heroes Are Honored For Their Service


AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – On the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, thousands of veterans were honored across the nation.

In Augusta, the Georgia Department of Veteran Services presented local men and women who served in Vietnam with a certificate for their honorable service to our nation.

In 2012, President Barack Obama declared March 29th as Vietnam Veterans Day, also the same day that the last troops returned home from war, marking the end of U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

“It was delayed, but it was not denied. This is something that we have been waiting for a very long time, even though some of them may no longer be with us, but for their families to have the opportunity to see that eventually someone was able to establish this opportunity,” said Vietnam Veteran Al Steele.

The Color Guard and the Signal Corps Band performed at the ceremony to rightfully thank the Vietnam Veterans half a century later.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – Half a century after the Vietnam War, soldiers are honored with their very own day.

Half a century after the Vietnam War, soldiers are honored with their very own day.

Four years ago, President Barack Obama declared March 29th as Vietnam Veterans Day. On the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman shares the story of a local veteran and his experience overseas.

Georgia is home to more than 234-thousand Vietnam Veterans. In Augusta one soldier remembers his company being greeted by over-joyed family and friends, but that wasn’t that case in many places across the country.

William Patterson says when the thousands of soldiers fighting in Vietnam returned home they didn’t get the thank you they deserved. Patterson says when he got back from serving, he would write down the memories of his experience.  Finally he decided to publish his work in his book titled “Vietnam Convoy Trucker.” Now the author says he is thankful that Vietnam Veterans are finally being recognized for their service.

“Soldiers in Vietnam were honorable young and a few women were there. They worked very hard they risked their lives. They acted in good faith. They wanted to do what was right for the country. They were told to go by the government and they went willingly and served honorably and they deserve to be treated well” said William E. Patterson, Author ofThe Augusta Vet Center is hosting a Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony Tuesday at 11 a.m. to honor the service and sacrifice of those who fought for our freedom during the Vietnam War.

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