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
- Celebrating Stark: And America, in Manchester - 0
- NH's Obamabots: Taking their cues from party bosses - 66
- Spending & voting: MayDay's wasted money - 5
- For the NH GOP: Two new stars - 13
- 9/11 memories revived: 'A quiet, unyielding anger' - 8
- Shaheen vs. free speech: She wants to silence you - 24
- Immigration scam: Obama hides his plan - 17
- Primary numbers: A look at today's election - 22
- Gov't health care: Our unsustainable trends - 17
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Nashua couple's minivan stolen with toddler in back seat - 0
- Scotland independence battle reaches fever pitch - 0
- Manchester's Davies 'Man of the Match' as Revs run win streak to five on Saturday - 0
- Brady, Patriots bounce back with big win - 0
- Nava's grand slam lifts Sox past K.C. - 0
- 'I'm back,' Hillary Clinton tells Iowa crowd in possible Presidential campaign precursor - 2
- New Farmington police chief continues to build relationships in the community he’s served for 14 years - 0
- Keene police officer on bicycle struck by car - 0
- Britain cautious after another hostage beheading - 0
Brady, Patriots bounce back with big win
Horschel wins finale, FedExCup golf honors
New Farmington police chief continues to build relationships in the community he’s served for 14 years
In 2nd District race, Garcia bucks Obamacare
Public be damned: Litchfield latest example
Hot spotlight put on NH domestic violence