Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans

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The 9th annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day in Redding was held Saturday.  Thanks to the Missing in America Project, our heroes who were left behind are brought home to their final resting place.  “You are not forgotten’ is the MIAP motto for the remains of veterans left behind.

The purpose of the MIAP is a nationwide effort to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed remains of forgotten veterans.  This is done through supported efforts of private, state and federal organizations.  The MIAP provides honor and respect to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes.  The ceremony is sacred and carried out with love and true compassion for those who are forgotten.  Saturday, at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, 20 remains were interred.  One family member was on hand of the 18 cremated heroes, ( two were spouses).

It’s a beautiful thing the MIAP does for our forgotten and unclaimed veteran heroes.  Vietnam Veterans local 357 hosts the annual event, along with the American Legion.  As each cremation was brought into the chapel, it was saluted and placed on the left half of the table at the front of the room.  The other half of the table was left empty to remember and honor Shasta County’s 47 who were killed in Vietnam.  Various speakers took turns reading names of those interred, including the 47 Shasta County Vietnam Veterans who were killed in the Vietnam War.

As each name was read, that hero received another salute to the ringing of the bell.  The one family member present was a recipient of the flag.  The ceremony was heartfelt as each forgotten hero was remembered and entered into their final, beloved, and honorable resting place.

Steve DuBois
For many years Steve DuBois has enjoyed taking photos of his dogs in interesting and unusual places. He created a photo book of his dogs especially for the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he donated several copies. He loves that the kids enjoy seeing his dogs photographed in unusual ways. Steve says his dogs have been his photographic inspiration and motivation, but sometimes he tries his hand at nature shots, such as the photos he captured of the north state’s 2017 flooding, published here on A News Cafe.com. Steve DuBois lives in Redding.
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3 Responses

  1. Avatar conservative says:

    The great irony of the Vietnam war is that the Vietnamese people are the most entrepreneurial people,
    least likely to be communist in Asia (according to my Thai co-worker who ate lunch with me most days for a couple years.) Vietnamese have been incredibly successful in America, like the surgeon who came to the U.S. at 14 knowing not a word of English. He was number one in his Air Force Academy class and a Rhodes scholar before med school. The number of Vietnamese you see on the UCSF and Stanford Med school campuses are impressive.

    • Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

      My employer of 34 years hired 46 Vietnamese helicopter pilots who escaped from South Vietnam before, during, and after the fall of Saigon. Their kids have been poster children for the achievement-oriented, indeed–many M.D.s and other professionals.

  2. Avatar conservative says:

    I hope these men and women will live to see Vietnam free. I worked with some impressive Cubans too. Cuba libre!