Frederick News-Post: More than 100 Vietnam War-era veterans honored in Frederick
Veterans of the Vietnam War faced a divided American public when they returned from service five decades ago.
“I remember there was a sign on this guy’s lawn when we got back,” said Charles W. Palm Jr., who served from 1966 to 1969. “It said ‘Sailors and dogs, keep off my grass.’”
By contrast, at a standing-room-only ceremony Wednesday night, Palm and dozens of his fellow veterans faced just one thing: thanks.
U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-6th, presented commemorative pins to 112 Vietnam War-era veterans as part of an ongoing nationwide effort to recognize their service.
The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration was established in the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, highlight their service, and pay tribute to their contributions.
The effort aims to honor all Vietnam-era military service members who were on active duty between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of where they served.
Delaney said Wednesday’s ceremony was meant to remind those “who probably didn’t hear it loud enough or as clearly as they should have, that we are in fact grateful. That we honor you for what you did, the sacrifice that you made, the sacrifice that your family made, in service of this extraordinary country and the risks that you took on for love of liberty and freedom and your nation.”