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A View from the Country

Last Saturday, September 29, 2016, was the 50th Commemoration Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Dinner. On Sunday 30, was the Ceremony at Green Hill Park Vietnam War Memorial in Worcester.

Saturday the event was a wonderful dinner and presentations, where in attendance were Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty, MG Perter M Aylward, and CPT Donald Troast, USN (Ret) just to name a few. There were also over 200 Vietnam vets from every branch of the service, South Vietnamese vets and guests.

The MA State Police Pipe and Drum Corps and WPI ROTC Cadets started the event of with the presentation of the colors which was a colorful and impressive display of American and Vietnamese flags. It was followed with a rendition of the National Anthem by the US Coast Guard Academy Glee Club under the direction of Dr. Robert Newton. That was an awesome.

The speakers by video and in person were impressive to say the least. Then Steve Petak, Chairman of the Vietnam The 50th Massachusetts Inc. Committee presented the DOD Commemoration Lapel Pins to every veteran who served from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location. It was an amazing time to see my fellow vets finally be recognized formally for their service. Each and every one of them offered the final measure by oath "I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic" and to finally be given a token of remembrance of that service.

Then Sunday at Green Hill Park Vietnam War Memorial Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Joseph M. Petty, MG Perter M Aylward, and CPT Donald Troast, USN (Ret) spoke. The Ceremony was inspiring to say the least and again to see and hear words of thanks to those who gave the last measure was humbling. The speakers were inspiring and the program was filled with emotional presentation.

I feel privileged and honored to have been a small part of these two events, and to the committee that labored long hours I say thank you.

They were: Stephen Petak, Jo-Ann Morgan, Earl Fahey, Frank Andreotti, Nicole Grace, Joe Lutfy and Michael Lourie

And that's looking out my window - remembering and thankful to those who have or are currently fighting for freedom in the name of the United States of America, anywhere in the world


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