Ceremonies today to 'welcome home' Vietnam veterans

'Time to give them the respect they deserve,' organizer says

Today, 35 years after the end of the Vietnam War, veterans groups and others are planning a special "Welcome Home" celebration at at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The event is scheduled to start at noon and involved East Bay organizations, including local posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Tami Jenkins, one of the planners of the event said: "Many thousands of Californian's went off to fight in the Vietnam War. Approximately 5,700 came home to be laid to rest in cemeteries around the state. Even many of those, and their families, were vilified. It's time to give them and the living, the respect and thanks they so richly deserve but have never received."

For more information, contact Jenkins at 925-784-5014.

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