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Letter: Honoring Vietnam veterans

Posted: March 31, 2016 10:59 a.m.
Updated: April 1, 2016 1:00 a.m.

On March 29, 2016, a glorious blue sky welcomed early morning gatherers to the front lawn of Camden City Hall for a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary on the ending of the Vietnam War. The Hobkirk Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had been recognized as a partner in the commemoration of the Vietnam conflict, receiving a certificate from Secretary of the Department of Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff J. L Danford Jr. The chapter also was presented with a Vietnam War Commemorative flag, signifying that the Vietnam veterans take their rightful place among generations of U.S. Veterans from other conflicts.

Mayor Tony Scully and Camden City Council passed a resolution proclaiming March 29, 2016, "Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran’s Day," and approving of the flying of the commemorative flag over city hall on this day.

On behalf of the members of the Hobkirk Hill DAR, we thank Mayor Scully and council, City Manager Mel Pearson, Assistant City Manager Caitlin Corbett, Chief of Police Joe Floyd, and all the city staff who attended the flag-raising. Deepest appreciation is also extended to Fire Chief John Bowers and the firemen who conducted the raising of the flag with such dignity and honor.

Thanks also to American Legion Post 17 Commander Clay Carruth, who was instrumental in gathering a group of Vietnam veterans to be honored for their service, valor, and sacrifice. We salute them and the other veterans who also attended. It is indeed our privilege to pay tribute to these and all Patriots who have "borne the battle" to keep our nation strong and free.

With deepest gratitude...

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