PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A brief greeting leaves a lasting impression on local Vietnam veterans.
“Pittsburgh was very unhappy, especially in the colleges where they were protesting the war,” said Vietnam War veteran Robert Burke. “The soldier should never be disrespected.”
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“Those who came home later were more involved in the abuse and people told them to take off their uniforms before going out on the street because they would be yelled at and spat on,” said George Wiggins, an Air Force veteran. Veteran.
But organizer and veteran Ed Hajduk said they wanted to correct that mistake.
Some Vietnam veterans finally received recognition Tuesday morning at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies for National Vietnam War Veterans Day. They received a pin, a handshake and a “thank you”.
“I think it helps,” Wiggins said. “It’s something they can look at and say, ‘Yeah, I was a veteran. I’ve been ministering during that time, thank you for looking at me and saying, ‘Welcome home.'”
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“We must recognize them for their service and also remember that we do not forget that,” Hajduk said. “We don’t forget the vets who come home now and in the future.”
They also remembered the more than 58,000 lives lost and still missing by playing taps and laying a wreath.
“We appreciate what they did, what they and their families did,” Hajduk said.
Hajduk also encouraged everyone to acknowledge those who are still alive.
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He said unfortunately about 600 Vietnam vets die every day. He said now is the time to honor our heroes before it’s too late.
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