This Thursday at the Marion, IL VA Medical Center Behavioral Health Building there will be a ceremony honoring Veterans from the Vietnam era.
This ceremony has been going on for about four years. My husband, Sam, and some of his colleagues started this commemoration of Vietnam a few years ago.
Since then, colleagues have retired, passed away, and Sam has kept the event going.
From 10:00 a.m. to Noon on March 28 (Thursday), there will be a Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. In partnership with various Veterans Service Organizations, there is a continuation of this event. That makes my heart incredibly happy.
A small ceremony will be held from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. followed by a meet and greet session that will run until noon at the Behavioral Health Building.
I believe it is our honor and duty to show this generation of Veterans our deepest gratitude for their service, sacrifice, and time at war. While these Veterans may not often feel thankful or that their service meant something, this ceremony is one way to remind these Veterans that they are welcomed home, honored, loved, and appreciated.
Friends, if you are not busy, and if you are local, I encourage you to attend this event. Come see the Veterans and spend some time talking with them, listening to them. I have had the honor of attending this event in the past, and it really is a heartfelt ceremony and a great time of fellowship.
Sadly, this year, I can not attend due to some medical appointments for myself and Baby H. I am working on making my cards and letters today. If you have any cards, letters, pictures, or notes that you would like to send home with a Veteran, please reach out to me as soon as possible. I will not be able to deliver them Thursday, but I will send them with Sam. He will make sure that Veterans get a note of thanks, a letter of gratitude or a welcome home picture on their way out. And, I can tell you from experience, the Veterans love this.
The event is this Thursday.