Veterans thanked for service with warrior appreciation rally

ELSIE, MI (WLNS) – One month after Congressman Tim Walberg gave to praise to what he referred to Vietnam Veterans as “sometimes forgotten soldiers,” one group of former servicemen received a gift for their work.

Courage, honor, and dedicated service. Those are the words Congressman John Moolenaar used today while honoring Vietnam War veterans for their service.

“On the battlefield…they…you…lost family members and friends and at home you endured insults and attacks. And, today our country has the opportunity to say thank you and honor you. And, I would just like to add one more thing. Welcome home,” said Michigan 4th District Congressman John Moolenaar.

These veterans have been home for years now. But, today they feel appreciated for the work they put in while serving our country far away from home.

American Legion Post 502 Post Commander Gene Nethaway said, “we thank them, and we really do mean we care about them. And, that’s what we do at our post. And, we want to make certain that everybody feels the same way.”

Moolenaar handed out commemorative pins to each veteran as their names were called. He says he didn’t want to miss the opportunity to thank all of them for their service during today’s Warrior Appreciation Rally.

“Especially it was an honor to offer tribute to those who served in the Vietnam War. Present commemorative pins for their service. So many of them did not receive the ‘welcome home’ that they deserve and today we were able to say ‘thank you’ for your service. And, here’s a commemorative pin for all their service and what they’ve done for our country,” said Moolenaar.

A gesture for their work decades ago that’s always recognized and never forgotten.

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