Vietnam vets honored on war's 40th Anniversary
BATON ROUGE - The USS Kidd honored those who served our country in one of the most controversial wars in history.
A number of people came out Saturday to recognize Vietnam vets at the USS Kidd Memorial Plaza. It was their annual "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day."
The event is put on each year to give due recognition and honro to vets, many whom say received limited recognition after the war.
"I served two terms in Vietnam and I have seen a lot of the bad repercussions," said James Grant. "I've always supported a lot of Vietnam vets, and I think all vets deserve the respect and honor of the American public."
Roosevelt Gipson says he remembers exactly what it was like coming back home with war wounds after serving two terms in the Vietnam War.
"When I first returned to Vietnam you had to hide where you had been, but now it seems like America has accepted us back and it's a good feeling."
It marks the 40th anniversary of the war, and many local veterans say they're truly thankful to be honored each year for their services during those tough times.
"I never did regret going to Vietnam even though I was wounded," said Gipson."Events like this make me feel even more grateful for going."