Military moms host welcome home event for Monroe County Vietnam

Military moms host welcome home event for Monroe County Vietnam Veterans

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American flags, decorations, and cakes are part of a homecoming nearly 40 years in the making. American flags, decorations, and cakes are part of a homecoming nearly 40 years in the making.
"You line the fence and you wait for that plane to come in, and when you see that plane coming, and it sits there everyone is cheering because you know your child is on US soil," said Tonya Moore with Mountain Valley Blue Star Mothers. "You line the fence and you wait for that plane to come in, and when you see that plane coming, and it sits there everyone is cheering because you know your child is on US soil," said Tonya Moore with Mountain Valley Blue Star Mothers.
A group of military moms are organizing a celebration Friday, but not for their sons and daughters, this welcome home is for Monroe County Vietnam veterans. A group of military moms are organizing a celebration Friday, but not for their sons and daughters, this welcome home is for Monroe County Vietnam veterans.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

SWEETWATER (WATE) - A group of military moms are organizing a celebration Friday, but not for their sons and daughters, this welcome home is for Monroe County Vietnam veterans.

It may seem too little too late, but these moms say why not. Any and all veterans are asked to stop by Friday to thank local Vietnam veterans for their service and sacrifice.

American flags, decorations, and cakes are part of a homecoming nearly 40 years in the making.

"It's sad, it's just really sad that we hear the stories that we hear from our veterans today. There's no one for them to talk to but this is a way to help them open up and to move on," said Anna McKeehan with Mountain Valley Blue Star Mothers.

These mothers of soldiers say this is the least they could do for Vietnam veterans who sacrificed so much and it's heartbreaking to think they weren't welcomed back the way troops are today.

"You line the fence and you wait for that plane to come in, and when you see that plane coming, and it sits there everyone is cheering because you know your child is on US soil," said Tonya Moore with Mountain Valley Blue Star Mothers.

Cakes being decorated for the celebration symbolize the Vietnam campaign ribbons.

"The field of yellow and the red stripes suggest for the Vietnam flag, and the green represents the jungle they fought in over there," added Valarie Spurbeck with Mountain Valley Blue Star Mothers.

Time will be set aside remembering those who have passed, but this homecoming really is a simple way to recognize and honor veterans who may feel forgotten.

"I would just like the people of Monroe County to show up. Line those streets for us and show these veterans the respect that they so deserve today. They need it to heal," said Moore.

The homecoming will be held Friday evening, Veterans are asked to meet in Madisonville at the old Walmart parking lot on Highway 411. The community can begin lining the highway at 5:30 to honor veterans as they're escorted down nine miles of New Highway 68 to Sweetwater.

The ceremony will be held at the VFW Post 5157 in Sweetwater after the processional.

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