Thursday, October 3, 2013

Paying tribute to Vietnam veterans

The hundreds of spectators who lined the Oktemberfest parade route on Main Street Saturday did their best to make up for what many Americans didn't do 38 years ago.

They welcomed home a group of approximately 40 Vietnam veterans who marched or rode in the Grand Parade.

From the time the veterans carrying the welcome home banner crossed the intersection at Ninth and Main Streets, until the parade route's end at the Tallcorn Towers, many in the crowd, young and old, rose from their seats and clapped, cheered, saluted and waved American flags. Some brought hand-lettered signs decorated with American flags, held up high that read "thank you" and "welcome home."

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