Vietnam Veterans of America Greater Cleveland Chapter 15 held a special National Vietnam War Veterans Day program March 29 at the Garfield Heights Civic Center. The free event featured an evening of honors and recognition of Vietnam veterans.
Vietnam veteran Michael Jackson spoke at the event, talking about the impact that a particular battle had on his life. He said that National Vietnam War Veterans Day offers Vietnam veterans an opportunity to gather and renew their commitment to welcoming current combatants home.
Chapter member David Kovach told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the commemoration helps veterans get over the derision they experienced upon returning home. “It was just a bad time. So anything you can do to get these guys to smile, it’s worth it. “
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is an occasion when vets can gather in camaraderie, purpose and resolve, added veteran Ray Saikus, who was active in getting National Vietnam War Veterans Day established. “It’s never too late to heal, and this is the perfect opportunity to initiate that healing process.”