For several years now, the Honor Flights organizations around the country, and American Airlines, have been flying WWII and Korean and Vietnam War veterans back to Washington, D.C. to visit their respective war memorials and to experience the renewed camaraderie of fellow warriors and the honor and respect that they are due. This video is about a special Honor Flight that was an all Vietnam Veterans flight.
It is a well-known fact that we Vietnam veterans did not come home to a welcoming country. Many of our peers who had gone on to college and become involved in the anti-war movements abandoned us when we returned.
Many of us found ridicule and even hatred towards us when we came home. The times were difficult for all, those of us who had fought courageously for each other in “the Nam,” and for those who were against us.
We Vietnam veterans often just melted into our communities and took up work whatever work we could get, avoiding situations where talk about the war would arise. Some of us left those communities and escaped into quieter, out-of-the-way places, or whole new communities where we were not known and took up “new lives” so to speak.
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The Honor Flight you will see here in this video will give you a sense of all of that, but more importantly you will see and hear how the simple act of recognition, and the simple words “Welcome Home” have such a powerful effect on us.
This flight had a Medal of Honor recipient on it and a couple of our great Nurses, our fellow Vietnam veterans who were able to visit the Nurses Memorial that was dedicated to them and their service to all of us in 1993, located near the Vietnam Memorial.
As a Vietnam veteran, this was very emotional for me to watch. I thank the Honor Flight organization for the care and the dedicated service they are providing for our nation’s veterans.
The Veterans Site and I would like to dedicate this video to all who served in Vietnam. We say to all of you, “Welcome Home! Thank you for your service.”
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.