Vietnam Veterans of America Chief John Ross Chapter 203 in Chattanooga, Tenn., sponsored a Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day with the Hamilton County Government, the NSDAR and the Chattanooga National Cemetery on March 27. The ceremony paid homage to the more than 150 young men from the Chattanooga Valley who died in the conflict and honored its more than 10,000 survivors.
“Amidst all the political and social upheaval of 1969, soldiers, sailor, airmen and Marines from the Tennessee Valley continued the fight,” wrote local historian and NSDAR member Linda Moss Mines on TheChattanoogan.com. “Most would return home accompanied by memories that remain vivid 50 years later. Two generations later, the scars remain but the links of friendship between those who served also remain.”