Welcome Home Vietnam Vets
BATON ROUGE - Vietnam veterans will be honored this weekend aboard the U.S.S. Kidd in Baton Rouge.
The Kidd is one of only two organizations in the state that pay tribute to veterans that many say didn't receive the recognition they deserved when returning from war.
"There was a lot of social strife and a lot of political division at that time in the country," Ship Superintendent Tim Nessmith said Friday morning on 2une In. "They came home to a country that was really divided and uncertain about if we should've been in the war, and unfortunately, that got taken out on them".
The Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony is at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Memorial Plaza. The public is welcome to stick around afterward for crafts, food and live music.
The event will feature several veterans that served in the Vietnam War. 907 sons of Louisiana were killed in Vietnam.