50th Anniversary 'Welcome Home' luncheon held for Vietnam-Era veterans

Nearly 200 veterans and their family were in attendance at the program held at the National Guard Armory in Lafayette on Friday.

Posted: Sep 14, 2018 5:15 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2018 5:28 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Veterans of the Vietnam War era were honored Friday in the 50th anniversary Welcome Home luncheon.

The event was put on by the Purdue University Vietnam Commemorative Committee.

Nearly 200 veterans and their family were in attendance at the National Guard Armory in Lafayette.

Keynote speaker and retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Charles "Chick" Svoboda said he hopes this event brought some healing to his brothers and sisters in arms. 

"We didn't want recognition, we just wanted acceptance. It took 40 years to get that acceptance. I just want them to smile, we didn't do a lot of it back then," said Svoboda.

Keynote speaker and retired Air Force Major General Boyd Ashcraft said the program was a nice honor for a generation that was not often thanked for their service 50 years ago.

"Being honored by your university is a great thing, and then being able to convey a couple thoughts to the veterans and honor the veterans, both the Vietnam veterans and all veterans, is a great thing," said Ashcroft.

Although the program was meant to honor Vietnam veterans, the veterans at the event encourage everyone to thank all the people who serve the country, regardless of when or where they served.

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