MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The Vet Center of Myrtle Beach and City of Myrtle Beach are hosting a Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War on Friday.
Of course the Vietnam War lasted several years but it’s common to mark 1969 as 50 years since the war. Tomorrow the Vet Center of Myrtle Beach and the City of Myrtle Beach are hosting a 50th anniversary and welcome home, since that wasn’t something afforded to many Vietnam vets.
“As you know now, we’re much more patriotic, and we’re reaching out and reaching those veterans as they come home off the plane,” said Chris Aranda, the Veterans Outreach Program Specialist at the Myrtle Beach VA. “That didn’t happen 50 years ago for our Vietnam veterans. They were looked upon a little differently then what we have now days, and we’re not going to let that happen to those that are returning home today. So we’re going to recognize though this is their 50th anniversary, and we’re going to recognize them and make it a special day for them.”
During Friday’s event there will be a thank you pinning ceremony, a presentation of a 50th anniversary commemorative flag, and a chance for Vietnam veterans to meet with other Vietnam veterans.
It’s going on from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the General Robert H. Reed Recreation Center in the Market Common in Myrtle Beach. Everyone is welcome.