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    JRTC, Fort Polk set to honor Vietnam veterans

    JRTC, Fort Polk set to honor Vietnam veterans

    Photo By Chuck Cannon | Fort Polk’s Tigerland was the jumping off point for thousands of Soldiers headed to...... read more read more



    Story by Chuck Cannon 

    Fort Johnson Public Affairs Office

    FORT POLK, La. — When veterans of the war in Vietnam returned home after their year-long tour in the jungles of Southeast Asia, it was mostly piecemeal, no more than a handful at the time. They were often ostracized, spit upon and labeled as “baby killers.”
    It was much different than those who returned after World War II and today’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, where the returning warriors are met with post- and city-wide homecoming celebrations, along with other members of their units.
    Television commercials laud their accomplishments and show them being honored at professional sporting events and other arenas where they are recognized as the heroes they are for answering their nation’s call to arms.
    The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk will do its part to thank and honor those who served in Vietnam with a “Salute to Veterans” ceremony Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. The event is held at the 1st Battalion, 5th Aviation Regiment hanger on Polk Army Air Field.
    Veterans are invited to take part in the ceremony and Vietnam veterans are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. in bldg 4297 at Fort Polk Army Airfield before for a meet and greet before moving to the ceremony.
    During the event, a special tribute to Vietnam veterans will offer them the welcome home they never received.
    Following the ceremony, the veterans are invited to dine at an Army dining facility, visit the Fort Polk Museum and the Tigerland Regimental Room on their own.
    For more information call 531-1392.



    Date Taken: 10.18.2018
    Date Posted: 10.18.2018 15:20
    Story ID: 296922
    Location: FORT POLK, LA, US

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