You have no idea how you’ve touched soooo very many vets … especially Korean Vets, whose service was in “the forgotten War” …. and Vietnam Vets, who’ve felt they were never welcomed home and women whose service has been invisible in the socially conscious.
Last night you lifted us up. As a Vietnam Vet, we suffered from a cloaked return home. Unlike our warrior predecessors & those of successive conflicts, the society to which we returned saw us as morally & politically degenerate (more accurately, we were scapegoats for a morally & politically conflicted country).
Last night we all felt welcomed home, honored for our service, recognized as part of the long legacy of African American soldiers & patriots going back to the Revolutionary War. We were African American men & women recognized for our service, sacrifice & patriotism.
Perhaps the most meaningful was the remembrance of the fallen & their families. As the saying goes, ” All gave some, some gave all”.
Thank you & your crew for this labor of love & preservation of local legacy for the Capitol Area Black community.
Your brother in Christ