Vietnam vets honored with AMP ceremony

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On Thursday at the Saratoga National Cemetery, all three were among the crowd paying tribute to those who served during a Vietnam War Veterans Day ceremony.

More than 60 people attended the service, according to Adjunct Jerry Diskin. The ceremony honored and recognized the heroism of the Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Soldiers who served during the Vietnam War.

March 29 marked the 45th anniversary of when the last USA combat forces withdrew from Vietnam.

A long overdue expression of gratitude for metro veterans of the Vietnam War arrived Thursday morning.

President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act.

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Held at the Kern County Veterans Service Department on Golden State Avenue, Friday's event drew a crowd of a couple hundred to thank Vietnam vets for their service during a turbulent time in US history. More than 8.7 million Americans served in the conflict, which killed 58,000, while about 1,600 remain missing. Many soldiers say they did not receive warm welcomes upon their return home.

Cepeda said that even though many saw his father and other Vietnam War veterans as very bad people for serving their country, he remained proud of his father and still is. "People didn't want to talk about it so we couldn't get things off our chests".

"He was spit on; he was called a baby killer", said Teal, whose husband, Steve, served with the Navy in Vietnam from 1967 until 1969.

"Whatever we can do to help support the veterans", said Brandi Cartland, an American Legion Rider.

Becker said then when the military was through with them, all they did was give you a plane ticket and tell you to go home. "No matter what the weather, you are always there for the service men and women and to this end, we salute you and thank you for a job well done", John Harding read off the plaque.

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"Thank you for your service and welcome home".

"This recognition means a lot to me", said Desselle.

The Milwaukee VA held a ceremony on Thursday to recognize veterans in Milwaukee.

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Appreciation is not what many vets received 45, 50 years ago when they returned from the war.

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"I was so overwhelmed in that football stadium how many people said thank you for your service", recalls Prestipino, "It nearly brought tears to my eyes".

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