In 2017, Vietnam War Veterans Day was established as March 29th and written into federal statute thanks to the work of fellow YORKVET Harold Redding and U.S. Senator Pat Toomey. This year, York County is calling for an all-out welcome home display of gratitude.
Municipalities, schools, businesses, and people on the street are encouraged to participate. All ideas for meaningful, grass-roots tributes are welcome.
“We just want to generate a community spirit of gratitude that only York County can do,” Gendron says. “These veterans served, came home, and became the fabric of our communities. They deserve that.”
‘Thank you for your service’
In that truck-stop McDonald’s, the soldier took the arm of Comer and called to his buddies: This guy was in Vietnam.
One by one, young servicemen shook a startled Comer’s hand, ushering him forward. You paved the way for us, they told him. Your generation is why we’re welcomed back.
Thank you for your service, sir.
Comer will never forget it. One brief moment in one fast food line in one corner of the country, so easy for us to miss: It changed his life.
“I went to the truck, and I couldn’t control the tears,” he says. “I didn’t have to hide, and I didn’t have to be ashamed anymore.”
That day, one more veteran was home.