Vietnam: America's missing parade

There were no ticker-tape parades. There was no nationally famous photo taken of the Vietnam-era sailor on the dock kissing his girl when his war ended and he came home.

Nor was there any newspaper or magazine photographer to memorialize the coming home on film for these Vietnam veterans. There would be little recognition at all for them.

But now, there's a plan to host a parade to officially welcome Vietnam Veterans home.



On May 2, 2015, there will be a parade for Vietnam veterans in Inverness, Florida, to honor those veterans, and the traveling Vietnam wall will also be nearby. And nationwide, observances will also honor that war's veterans from 2015 to 2017.

For the record, the capture of Saigon at the hands of the North Vietnamese Army in April 1975 marked the end of the Vietnam War, and - ironically - North and South Vietnam were reunified the following year. A total of 58,000 Americans lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

Retired USAF Chief Master Sgt. John Stewart, representing" Operation Welcome Home" locally, speaks to the Citrus County Commission about plans for the parade in Inverness. (April 22, 2014).

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