Letter: Welcome Home to Vietnam Vets 

To the Editor:

I had the privilege and honor to play a part in the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day ceremonies on March 30 in Concord. Over 2,000 people came to welcome home our Vietnam veterans, a welcome they never received some 40 years ago. On May 23 a much somber tribute will take place at the North Haverhill Fairground with the arrival of the mobile Vietnam War Memorial, an 80 percent replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C.

Especially moving no matter how many times you visit the wall will be the sight of all those names, over 58,000 fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. There are over 300 names from New Hampshire and Vermont on that wall. Search out the names of those you knew or from your area. I promise you will treasure the experience and never forget it.

Besides the Vietnam Memorial, information about other wars and conflicts and the sacrifices of our veterans will be there to see. Visiting is available 24 hours a day, free of charge, beginning at noon on May 23 until 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 27. There will be many scheduled patriotic events each day to honor and remember all veterans, especially those who have sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedom.

This event is being sponsored by the Haverhill/Newbury 250th Anniversary Planning Committee with the necessary funding raised by local veterans groups. Go to the following website for a more detailed schedule of events: www.celebrate250.org/events.

On this Memorial Day, give a special welcome home to those who served in Vietnam and during the Vietnam era and to the men and women serving our country today and in years past. They will appreciate the welcome and thanks for their service more than you can imagine.

John O’Brien