We had so many Vietnam Vets with true life stories of their experiences speak, and each one honored him for helping them deal with residual trauma they didn’t realize they were still suffering from. They emphasized the need for the vets to continue to support each other.
Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Congressman Mark Takai acknowledged the hardships and individual sacrifices each veteran and their families made during the 15 year war. They were close to tears as they paid tribute to the veterans who came home as loyal Americans, and did not deserve the the hateful speech and being spat on.
There was no fanfare, no awards, no recognition of Heroes from the opening ceremony to the closing. All we heard during the entire tome were sincere and belated thank you’s to each one who served.
This was a reunion for many, and those who did not know each other embraced as brothers and sisters. It was also inspiring for those young active duty military who were present to facilitate the event.
The T-shirts commemorating the 50th year the war ended, has these words printed “All Gave Some, Some Gave All”.
Aloha — Ron Lam
American Veterans Hawaii
USS Arizona Memorial Post
Certified VAVS Representative
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Pacific Islands Health Care System
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