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A ‘welcome home’ to veterans

Vietnam War's 40th anniversary to be recognized

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:40 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:40 a.m. CDT

A “welcome home” event for Vietnam veterans is scheduled for Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the restored Creston Depot meal site.

“My initial motivation for this, I guess, was cleaning out an old trunk last fall,” said Gary O’Daniels, Union County Veteran Affairs commissioner. “It had a bunch of memorabilia from Vietnam that had been in that trunk for a long time.”

O’Daniels, a Vietnam veteran, said he thought it would be interesting for other Vietnan veterans to have a gathering and look through memorabilia they brought back during the conflict.

“Maybe it’s stuff they stored away in trunks, or boxes or someplace, and finally (could) bring them out and let people see what was brought,” said O’Daniels. “And, maybe, it’ll give people a little better understanding what the Vietnam veterans went through while they were serving.”

The event is in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and is open to the public.

“This is the 40th anniversary of the ending of the war, so I’m hoping that for some things, they maybe would have a different outlook on their time in the service and, maybe, feel a little more open to talk about whatever it was they did,” O’Daniels said.

O’Daniels also said it is an event to let veterans know they may be eligible for services through the Veterans Affairs office.

Veterans who are interested in participating are asked to call Union County Veteran Affairs office at 641-782-1723. Light refreshments will be served.

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