Oscoda County commemorates Vietnam veterans
MIO — Veterans from the Mio Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4126 and the Luzerne American Legion Post 162 honored Vietnam veterans at the veterans memorial on M-33 March 29.
Al Cheney of the Mio VFW provided the first speech for the event and said March 29 was selected as Vietnam Veterans Day to commemorate the last troops and prisoners of war returning home in 1973. President Richard Nixon first commemorated the day in 1974, according to Cheney.
“Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than 40 years ago,” he said in his speech.
Crawford County Veterans Affairs Counselor Jack Jackson gave the second speech, detailing the difficulties veterans from the time faced when they returned. Jackson, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Vietnam veterans didn’t receive the credit they deserved initially.
“For 40 years you weren’t offered the proper welcome home,” Jackson said.
President Donald Trump signed Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 on March 28. The act states that those who want to commemorate Vietnam veterans should display a flag prominently on March 29. The bi-partisan bill was initially introduced by Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly and Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.