Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 791 helped recognize 22 fallen Vietnam veterans from Mifflin and Juniata (Pa.) counties with an Aug. 8 wreath-laying ceremony held in conjunction with a visit from the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall.
Chapter members furnished background on each of the soldiers who lost their lives during the war. Chapter President George Baughman described the wall’s appearance as a “healing moment” in a speech to a crowd of hundreds, according to The Sentinel.
“It is a healing moment for the names that are written on the wall. It is a healing moment for the families that lost their loved ones. It is a healing moment for the ones who came back with disabilities — both physical and mental. It is a healing moment for the ones that suffered from Agent Orange and still suffer to this day. It is also a healing moment for those during that troubled time in our history that protested the war, but who helped bring about the end. It is a healing moment for all of us,” he said.
“It’s never too late in life to say ‘thank you’ or [offer] an apology,” added Pennsylvania state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff. “So to all those Vietnam veterans and family members that we never properly acknowledged, respected or said ‘thank you’ to, I apologize, and I would also like to say ‘Thank you for your service.’”