This past week, March 29th was Vietnam Veterans Day. It was a wonderful opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ to those who served our country during the Vietnam War. Many of us had family or close friends who joined or were drafted to fight in that far away land. Many were very young; it would be the first time away from family and friends. For many their military journey would begin with a draft notice, then would come a bus trip to Fresno or similar, next classification, soon your orders would come and off you went, a foreign land where your life would change forever. Letters home would tell the story, many of us still have those letters from family and friends. So far from home, a dense, deep jungle with danger on every side, night and day. Some came home, some did not. What they all sacrificed for us must never be forgotten. Over 50 years has gone by. I still have those treasured letters from family and friends. I was 17 when the first letters home arrived for me. I received them and read them with great pride! Now as a grandmother who will be 70 on my next birthday, the memories of those Vietnam War years are still present in my mind. I can only imagine what those memories are for those who served in this far away land. Each and every one of you are appreciated far beyond what words can ever say. For those families who lost a loved one in this war, their sacrifice, your sacrifice will never be forgotten. For all those who served, your spirit, your pride, your bravery, will live on in those serving our country today. From the bottom of our hearts, we are forever grateful to our Vietnam Veterans. God Bless America!
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