Letter: A Tribute to Orford Veterans

To the Editor:

New Hampshire Senate Bill 398, which Gov. John Lynch signed into law last year, proclaims March 30, 2013, as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” It is a day to acknowledge and honor the military service of American men and women in Vietnam.

In Orford, we are planning a recognition ceremony for our veterans at the onset of the Town Meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. We will be paying tribute to all of our veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf conflicts, with special recognition going to Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans, 1961-1973 — a welcome home they never received and long overdue. Orford residents are encouraged to come early to the meeting for the ceremony at 7.

With the help of Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s office, I have sent letters to all 300 town moderators, hoping they in turn will recognize their veterans at Town Meeting.

Michael Horne, director of the State Veterans Cemetery, is coordinating a statewide “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” on March 30, the day that is the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of combat troops from the Vietnam War. Time and place will be announced.

John O’Brien

Orford