Vietnam vets honored on big day at Columbus museum

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Leaders from the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM) in downtown Columbus held a special virtual memorial ceremony to honor the legacy of the millions who served our nation during the Vietnam War.

“March 29 was named Vietnam Veterans Day by Congress,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, US Army (retired), president of the NVMM. “Today we honor and honor Vietnam Veterans Day.”

The last American combat troops left Vietnam on March 29, 1973.

“It is also the day Hanoi released the last of its recognized American prisoners of war,” said US Army Colonel Bill Butler (retired).

Museum directors came together virtually to honor the more than 3 million Americans who served during the Vietnam War and to remember the 58,000+ men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Vietnam veterans are those who served our country and went to battle at a point in our history when the country was really divided over what was going on in Vietnam and what was going on within the country,” said Ferriter.

He added that many Vietnam veterans never received a welcoming ceremony.

“Many have never had a welcoming ceremony at home, so it is important that we celebrate this day and thank all Vietnam veterans and their families,” said Ferriter.

The museum also welcomed Col. Tom Moe, U.S. Air Force (retired), a distinguished fighter pilot and American prisoner of war in Vietnam.

“But we’ve kept our honor and some of the most important things that have helped us are, first of all, our upbringing, good family, good values, this country,” said Moe.

The museum directors announced a new exhibition honoring Vietnam veterans who will come to Columbus in late May. The traveling exhibition is called “The Wall That Heals”. They also said that every Vietnam veteran and family member of fallen Vietnam veterans who visit NVMM will receive a special pin.

“And every Vietnam veteran receives his Vietnam Veteran Appreciation Certificate for his service,” said Ferriter.

For more information on upcoming events, visit https://nationalvmm.org/.