The 307th Bomb Wing at Barksale AFB, La., commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, will honor local Vietnam veterans and their families on April 29 at 1:30 p.m. during a Welcome Home celebration at Hangar 1, Barksdale AFB.
The Long Rangers, a local military support organization, has partnered with the Airpower Foundation and the DoD established US Vietnam War Commemoration organization, with aim to thank and honor the 7.2 million living Vietnam veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975.
307th Bomb Wing Commander Bruce Cox shared, “…like many warriors before and after Vietnam, the valiant Americans who served in Southeast Asia endured indescribable hardships encountered in war. Different from generations before, and without question, far different from today, Vietnam vets returned home to a largely ungrateful nation. Many veterans were shunned, scorned, and reviled…actions now viewed as a national disgrace. The time for a proper and honorable WELCOME HOME has been long in coming!”
As an official Commemorative Partner, the Long Rangers have joined nearly 9,000 organizations across the country that have committed to host at least three events or activities over a three-year period to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their sacrifice and service on behalf of the nation.
The event is free and open to all Vietnam veterans and their guest(s). Those interested in attending, can register for the event via website www.longrangers.org or call 318-588-6920.
Anyone interested in learning more about the national commemoration, can visit the website www.vietnamwar50th.com.