First Annual ! Official: “Welcome Home Day”?

(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Some four decades late, and the Country still in denial about, wants to Officially ‘welcome us home’, eight and nine years after cheering on two more extreme failed policy long running occupations, Still Ongoing, and quickly loosing interest in except when some words and phrases are needed as to political speak, of two innocent countries and peoples and bombing a third {and most here have the audacity to ask “Why do they hate us so?”}!

Want to Really ‘Welcome Us Home!’, Start Sacrificing and give these New War Veterans All That You Promised Them, that which you didn’t give us and the Korean Vets before and since, Pony Up Your End Of The Contract, Everything Promised and Especially Needed as the Results of the Wars you allow, and not only as to the Veterans of but their Families as well !!!

Schwarzenegger Celebrates First Annual “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day”

March 27, 2010

Governor Schwarzenegger presents his proclamation for the inaugural “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” in California. From left to right: Assemblymember Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley), Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Founder Jose Ramos, Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senator Jeff Denham (R-Merced) and Jon Voight.

Photo: Joe McHugh, Office of the Governor

On Thursday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated what is to become an annual “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,” at the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in Capitol Park, Sacramento.

Roger Brautigan, Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs, and himself a Vietnam veteran opened proceedings by officially welcoming home Vietnam veterans.

Also present were Senator Denham, chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Assemblymember Paul Cook, chair of the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee and author of Assembly Bill 717. Assemblyman Gilmore, Assemblyman Block, Assemblywoman Salas, former chair and now vice-chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, and Assemblyman Fong.

Transcript of some of what was said at ceremony

Ceremony ends with this:

Secretary Brautigan: Lastly, I’d like to have all of you who served in the Vietnam War stand up so we can welcome you home and thank you for your service to our country. (Applause)

And not surprising this was led, once again like “The Wall” {many fighting against including many of our brothers of Vietnam service}, by a Vietnam Veteran, Jose Ramos {surprised by the name, don’t be, many have serve this country and still do, some as yet to be citizens of}, who had to actually fight for and convince the lawmakers of California to draft and pass a proclamation to “Welcome Us Home”, not a mass outpouring from those we serve!

Here’s some more ceremonies:

Vietnam vets get well-deserved recognition

Delaware County Daily Times March 28, 2010

This week, some states in America will honor Vietnam War veterans with a day of recognition.

To many veterans, this is a cheesy effort by politicians looking to put themselves in a good light. To other vets, the idea is a welcome one.

No matter what politicians do, Vietnam veterans – and all veterans – should be honored every day in America.

More than 58,000 U.S. service members lost their lives in Vietnam, including 185 from Delaware County, and more than 300,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces were wounded in the war that began in 1961 for America and ended in 1975. –>–>–>

Vietnam veterans to be recognized in Port Angeles

Peninsula Daily March 27. 2010 PORT ANGELES — Thirty-five years after the war ended, Vietnam War veterans will be welcomed home with a ceremony Tuesday.

“It’s time. It’s been enough years, and it’s time,” said Norman Goodin of Port Angeles, who wrote the original proclamation and pushed for the state to establish the Welcome Home Veterans Day.

The Clallam County Veterans Association will host the first “Welcome Home Veterans Day — To Honor and Thank Vietnam Veterans” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clallam County Veterans Center, 261 S. Francis St., Port Angeles. –>–>–>

Sonora welcomes Vietnam vets home 4 decades later

Mar. 28, 2010 When George Eldridge reported for duty in 1965 at the U.S. Navy base in Hawaii, people there told him it wasn’t a good idea to wear his uniform in public. The sentiment against the Vietnam War was strong, and it was best to keep a low profile.

Eldridge was a journalist for the military, and he saw a lot of fighting during his tour of duty. He flew from one end of Vietnam to the other, often in the planes that sprayed the defoliant Agent Orange over the countryside. He returned home with post-traumatic stress syndrome, and it would be 20 years after he retired from the Navy before he would tell anyone that he’d been in the military.

“We were scorned and treated badly when we got home, and it wasn’t pleasant,” said Eldridge, now of Jamestown. “The war, and what you saw, was just something you wanted to forget.” –>–>–>

And to the Forgotten War:

Vietnam vets pay tribute to Korean War brethren

Mohave Valley News March 28, 2010

HONORING VETERANS: Mohave County Sup. and Korean War veteran Tom Sockwell speaks at the third annual Vietnam Veteran Memorial Day in Bullhead City on Saturday. HEATHER SMATHERS/The Daily News

High winds did not deter dozens of people from recognizing the service made to the United States by veterans at the third annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Park in Bullhead City Saturday.

Vietnam veterans also celebrated the day with their Korean War counterparts for a special homecoming that veterans of neither war received immediately after their service. –>–>–>

And the Reality of Today while these ceremonies take place.

US troop deaths double in Afghanistan

The number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan has roughly doubled in the first three months of 2010 compared to the same period last year as Washington has added tens of thousands of additional soldiers to reverse the Taliban’s momentum.

Those deaths have been accompanied by a dramatic spike in the number of wounded, with injuries more than tripling in the first two months of the year and trending in the same direction based on the latest available data for March.

U.S. officials have warned that casualties are likely to rise even further as the Pentagon completes its deployment of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan and sets its sights on the Taliban’s home base of Kandahar province, where a major operation is expected in the coming months. –>–>–>

While here in the United States some citizens of are making a Variety of Threats, doing harm to property and wishing or threatening harm to individuals and even their families, as to Elected Officials, and Others who don’t embrace their extremist rhetoric! Some are readily calling others names, spitting on others, brandishing weapons with giving the message they are willing to use them against their fellow country persons and doing vandalism as well as making up stories of threats against them!

Some of their spokespersons, politicians and civilian, those they watch and listen to as well as ones elected to represent, veil the threats in word speak then denie their involvement in the meaning of those veiled messages and the intentions of!

While we still have two long running occupations, sending our military for tours over and over, that those same citizens supported, not the soldiers but the invasions, creating more hatreds towards our country, till they got tired of so now pay little attention to, while claiming They are Going to Change America to Their Liking!

Meanwhile, while some of what’s going on leads to the few deranged to consider and then carry out their acts of violence and death to others as they kill themselves, getting praise from the same mentioned above, others are:

Union seeks to boost IRS employees’ spirits

Vernon Hunter, two tour Vietnam Veteran and twenty years military service, not getting the praise or the press his domestic terrorist killer got and gets

A union is enlisting lawmakers’ help in an effort to improve the morale of Internal Revenue Service workers still reeling from the mid-February airplane attack that burned a Texas office to the ground and killed one employee.

The National Treasury Employees Union has asked lawmakers to supplement an early March House resolution condemning the Austin attack with letters expressing their support for the IRS workforce.

“In the wake of this tragic attack on federal employees and some very irresponsible comments reported in the media, NTEU would like to invite you to show your support for front-line government workers across the nation,” the union wrote in a statement it is encouraging its members to give to their representatives. “Federal employees are dedicated and committed to our country and right now they need a strong show of support in the face of this senseless act that claimed the life of one of their own.” –>–>–>

And we still don’t call these acts what they really are, domestic criminal terror, unless of course they are done by a person or persons of a certain religious ideology or from certain regions of this planet!

And we don’t get any mention, except if needed to spin a speakers so called patriotism, words and symbols, but not spoken or felt from the heart, of those serving still in the two occupations as the above mentioned hold rallies to denigrate their fellow country persons with racist and violence threatening signs and speak, and policies they don’t care to understand yet readily use, nor do the majority want to sacrifice for those who serve as they use that power and force of others who do it for them.


    • jimstaro on March 28, 2010 at 15:18

    While some hundreds of so called TEA party members were rallying in DC speaking and showing racist banners and words, spitting on others, and being cheered on by some members of congress, another gathering of thousands was taking place at same time, the Anti-War rally, anyone hear of the same type of extremely negative issues towards others taking place, I didn’t, nor had they when others with tens of thousands gathered!

    The next day it was reported some two hundred thousand rallied for immigration rights, anyone hear of the same negative issues towards others at this large rally taking place, once again I didn’t!

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