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Trip to Vietnam wall with Myrtle Beach-area vets reminder to express gratitude

A crush of visitors pay their respects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., on May 23.
A crush of visitors pay their respects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., on May 23. The Washington Post

Veterans

Trip to Vietnam wall with area vetsreminder to express gratitude

Recently, I had the honor of traveling to Washington, D.C. with my father, Bill Taylor, my mother, Patty Taylor, my husband, daughter and a group of 25 Vietnam War veterans from the Myrtle Beach V.A. Center. The purpose of this journey was to take these veterans to see Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

I am writing to you and your readers to remind us as Americans to take the time to thank all veterans. I was reminded about how these veterans are forever affected by their service and the combat they witnessed. It was very difficult for some of them to even approach the Vietnam Memorial Wall. I was moved to tears when I watched a Vietnam veteran, a complete stranger to my father, come hug him so hard that he knocked off his hat. He said, “Welcome home brother. I am glad you made it.”

Suggestion, next year Myrtle Beach should hold a “Welcome Home Parade” for these outstanding veterans!

Corbett Rothwell

Florence

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