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Welcome Home event to honor Vietnam veterans takes place March 30

March 27, 2019
By MEGHAN BRADBURY ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The community is invited to join the VFW of Lehigh Acres for its Welcome Home Vietnam Event, which will take place this Saturday.

The event will take place Saturday, March 30. Debbie Leschinski, a flute player from Maine, will begin playing at 11:30 a.m. and the ceremony will start at noon at the VFW at 25 Homestead South.

"We think it's important that we welcome these guys home. We would like the entire community to come out and do the same with us. We love our veterans and we would welcome them to come and join us on the 30th. It will be a great event," Commander Shannon Rousey said.

Event Chairman Mike Slone said their VFW is now a United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, which recognizes the veterans who served in the Vietnam War. They have to hold events, as well as file paperwork, to receive the recognition.

The post received a letter from President Donald Trump, as well as past President Barack Obama for the recognition, which is displayed at the VFW.

Leschinski will play the flute as everyone is seated, as well as the National Anthem. The ceremony will also include a patriotic tribute from the Guns-N-Hoses veteran bagpipe unit.

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Slone explained that there are two parts to the ceremony - one of which will include pinning those who served in Vietnam. He said they will also have pins for the widows and any surviving mothers that will be given out by the Gold Star Moms in Southwest Florida.

"We also have dog tags for those who were actually in Vietnam," Slone said.

He said the ceremony also will have some Vietnam veterans providing speeches, as well as other military folks.

There will also be several veteran groups from the community that will have tables set up during the event.

"Any veteran group is allowed to set up a table. It is open to all veteran groups," he said.

After the ceremony a meal will be provided, $5 for non-Vietnam veterans and free for those who are a Vietnam veteran.

Bob and Bob will have video screens playing complete with music from the Vietnam era. The video screens will also depict flashbacks of president's speaking.

"They deserve it," Slone said of Vietnam veterans. "They came home and the country was very divided. They suffered a lot of eggs being thrown at them and worse than that. They weren't really well received by the country. It's a way to make up for what they didn't get."

Any Vietnam veteran is welcome to attend the event.



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