Home » Opinion » Editorials
An Editorial -- Joseph W. McQuaid, Publisher: Welcome them home
If you haven't had that chance, or if you would like to help say "thank you" to Vietnam veterans in a bigger way, then you should be in Concord Saturday at 2 p.m.
That is when a long-overdue official thank you from the people of New Hampshire is to be made to those who served honorably in that conflict and came home, sometimes to dishonorable treatment. It is also a way to say a quiet "thanks" to those from New Hampshire, all 228 of them, who did not make it home.
Maj. Gen. William Reddel III, Adjutant General of the New Hampshire National Guard, said it well this week.
"They never received a homecoming. There were no ceremonies or parades. There were no banners hanging from highway overpasses. No police escorts. They were shunned from the moment they touched down on American soil. Instead of being embraced at terminals across the country, many of our warriors slipped into a bathroom to change out of their uniform. As a nation, we treated them as outcasts."
The event to address that wrong is being held at the National Guard's Aviation Flight Facility on Regional Drive, just off Airport Road in Concord. It is free and the public is welcome. It probably won't last long, but taking place 40 years after it should have, it can't last long enough.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Where is Shaheen? Hiding from you - 55
- Portman's good point: A leadership deficit all around - 3
- Wheeler in Dist. 5: A GOP fighter for the little guy - 3
- GOP for legal pot? Hemignway's high help - 12
- Obama's indecision: In NH, only Ayotte urges action - 50
- Concealed controversy: Our 'Mother, may I' gun policy - 46
- Innis in the 1st: A strong choice for Congress - 11
- Obama waits: A terror threat grows - 41
- For U.S. Senate, Scott Brown best NH candidate come November - 73
READER COMMENTS: 0
- On Baseball: Fisher Cats manager Meacham learned a few things, too - 0
- First and 10: Old No. 1 begins as new No. 1 - 0
- NHIAA Girls' Soccer Preview: All eyes on Bedford, Exeter - 0
- Another View -- Dan McGuire: We Free Staters are not some threat to be feared - 0
- Taxpayer rights: Left, right should restore them - 0
- No paper Monday - 0
- Patriots' Garoppolo solid, but Giants eke out 16-13 win in preseason finale - 0
- Education business tax credit program upheld - 0
- Russian troops capture key Ukrainian town - 0
Enter to win tickets to see Paula Poundstone
Win tickets to see Steven Wright
Hooksett highs: A good multiple choice test