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.
- 50th Anniversary 'Welcome Home' luncheon held for Vietnam-Era veterans
- Benton Central celebrates 50th anniversary
- Donations needed to host free luncheon for Vietnam veterans
- American Legion welcomes home Vietnam Veterans
- Veterans appreciation luncheon happening Saturday
- Purdue to celebrate 50th anniversary of Armstrong's moonwalk
- Purdue holds 50th anniversary celebration of Apollo 11 moon landing
- Vietnam veterans honored with special ceremony
- Veterans and families honored with luncheon in Lafayette
- Wolcott Holds 50th Summer Festival