Parade Will Welcome Home Vietnam Vets

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A "welcome home" parade to honor Vietnam veterans will step off through the streets of downtown Litchfield beginning at 1 p.m. this Saturday, March 31.

"The purpose of this event is to say, 'welcome home from Vietnam,'" according to county VAC Superintendent Dave Strowmatt.

Organizers hope to see throngs of people gather along the parade route.  The parade will begin at Sihler School on South State Street, head north through downtown to Kirkham, then east to the Veterans' Memorial for a small program there.

The parade will include a marching unit and vehicles from National Guard Company C, as well as high school marching bands from Litchfield and Gillespie and color guards from several veterans' organizations.

Auxiliary and service organizations are planning food booths, and an indoor bad-weather location will be determined.

The parade will be part of a weekend of festivities in observance of Vietnam Veterans' Day on Friday, March 30.  The Litchfield VFW post is planning an open house beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday.

According to Will Tackaberry of Litchfield,  58,000 U.S. service men and women were killed in Vietnam, and Montgomery County is home to 2,000-some Vietnam-era vets.

Litchfield Mayor Tom Jones and Montgomery County Board Chairman Mike Plunkett have signed proclamations in support of Vietnam Veterans' Day.

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