More than 60 people attended the service, according to Adjunct Jerry Diskin.
The Thursday ceremony remembered the often quiet return home those veterans saw after their service ended, especially when compared to the parades and celebrations veterans from other wars returned to find.
James Moberly, a retired U.S. Air Force medic, said he's fortunate not to suffer from the conditions known by many Vietnam survivors.
In the March meeting of the Fairfield Post, the Post Commander, Roger Brooke, presented "Vietnam War Commemorative Certificates" to Post members Charles Morgan and Arne Henderson.
Courtesy photoThis photo, found in the ODVA archives several years ago, depicts three unidentified service members and two apparent civilians holding a State of OR flag at the Tan Son Nhut Air Base in southern Vietnam. Vet Centers are community based and part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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In honor of the holiday, National Cemetery's across the country will participate in Vietnam War remembrance events throughout the week.
There are over 120,000 Vietnam-era veterans living in OR today, representing more than a third of our total veteran population.
Rick Harris, who served in the Vietnam War in the United States Marine Corps, and who is the head of the Disabled American Veterans, spoke to those gathered Wednesday, which included a number of Vietnam veterans. "People spitting on you, calling you names", said Randy Zemel, who served two tours of duty with the Marines in Vietnam.
"Team Redstone's participation is pivotal to successfully reaching these Vietnam veterans and their families, and we are proud to join this effort", said Greg Templeton, Redstone Exchange store manager.
"Draftees like me were told what to do, and we had to do that", he said.
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"If they need help, come talk to us".
McMinn County Veterans Service Officer Susan Peglow was the host and primary organizer of the event.
While agriculture and wholesale and retail trade saw steady rises year-on-year, manufacturing remained the pillar of growth, expanding more than 13 percent, the GSO said. "We can never forget their sacrifice".
"Our Vietnam veterans are committing suicide at a higher rate than anyone else". He began by saying he knows they are all veterans, but he wants everyone to take a moment, not only Thursday, but every day, to think about, remember and thank those who are presently serving in the military today.
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