Daughters of the American Revolution honor Vietnam Vets

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

O’FALLON – They came home over 40 years ago to the sound of boos and thrown objects. They came home to a nation divided over a difficult and complex issue. They came home to an ungrateful public.

Vietnam was a divisive and bloody affair in the United States’ global fight for containment of the spread of communism in the early days of the Cold War. Many saw it as an American intervention in a foreign civil war, while others saw it as a necessary step to prevent Southeast Asia from falling under the grasp of the rapidly spreading communist movement.

Thursday evening at O’Fallon’s VFW Post 805, the Daughters of the American Revolution gave the unheralded veterans of the Vietnam War a proper homecoming over four decades in the making.

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