SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Vietnam War veterans and their families gathered at court square Sunday afternoon to mark the 30th anniversary of the Springfield Vietnam veterans memorial monument. 22News found this was a day of reflection for the men and women who served their country almost 50 years ago.
The solemn reading of the names of Western Massachusetts Vietnam veterans who never came home, and the placing of a wreath at the foot of the court square monument has been repeated during each of the 30 years since dedicating this tribute to Vietnam veterans.
They shared with 22News their feelings at the moment.
“What I feel is that I’m feeling glad that the Vietnam veterans finally got recognition for what they did.” Vietnam veteran Harold Berg told 22News.
Michael Shaugnessy told 22News “When the Vietnam veterans came home they didn’t get the proper welcome home like the guys who very much deserve it are getting now.”.
Josh Morin told 22News “I think of the friends who didn’t make it, those who didn’t come home, that’s very sad.”.
The Veterans and their families joined Congressman Richard Neal for a ceremony in the city hall rotunda, then gathered at the monument for a quietly emotional service. These men and women have come every year since the dedication of the monument 30 years ago.