Vietnam veterans were honored for their services on March 29. The South Post Commissary honored our heroes by serving cake, fruit, juice and presenting them with lapel pins.
“All the commissaries across the world are putting on an event like this in order to remember our Vietnam veterans, their Families and all their sacrifices. The cake actually has what (former) President Obama signed which is the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War,” said Store Manager Maureen McCarthy.
The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration’s main purpose is to honor Vietnam veterans, highlight service and to highlight technology, science and medical advances made during the war.
The lapel pin was presented to every Vietnam veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of Nov. 1, 1955 - May 15, 1975 regardless of location. On the front of the pin is the American eagle, which represents courage, honor and dedicated service to our nation. Embossed on the back is a message reading “A grateful nation thanks and honors you.”
As veterans received slices of cake and fruit they were able to tell attendees of their story and their survival.
“I was stationed here at Fort Bragg. I was sent to the Vietnam War from Germany back in 1968. I was with Big Red One, 5th infantry Division, and I got wounded when I was there. Then I was flown back to the states. I was wounded by a mortar attack. I appreciate days like this where we are honored,” said Wilson Paulidin, Vietnam veteran.
Many veterans exchanged stories, laughed, took pictures and ended the event with handshakes or hugs to capture the moment.