HERE TO REMEMBER
Our Vietnam veterans have been told - and our history classes teach - that there was no big home coming parade as those in New York City after World War I & II.
And, that’s what nearly everyone believes.
But, it’s nonsense.
On March 31, 1973, the day the United States withdrew our troops from Vietnam, they celebrated HOME WITH HONOR Day in New York City to welcome them back.
(See photo above: Times Square on the day the Vietnam War ended)
A thousand on-duty servicemen, from all the services, marched a two mile parade route up Broadway through Times Square. At Central Park, they were seated in grandstands and served refreshments for hours while over 150,000 people marched past them to say "Thank You" and "Welcome Home. " 100 bands performed. That night, the men were honored guests at a $100 a plate banquet, hi-lighted by top entertainers.
Did you know about this great event?
Did you know that the third longest parade in the United States history, to support our men in Vietnam, took place during the middle of the war?
A quarter of a million people marched for nearly 9 hours.
Did you know that while there was all-out national coverage of anti-war protests, widespread huge activities in support of our GI’s received little news media attention outside the areas where they took place?
The coverage of the Vietnam War, especially on the home front, is a prime example of how the news media can create public perception based on a false image of reality – and change history.
A totally incorrect picture of attitudes toward those in uniform was projected – and the ludicrous belief that there was widespread hostility to our GI’s was established through the power of the media.
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