Vietnam Veterans Memorial rededicated in Bristol Township
SundayNov 4, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Several veterans and officials spoke at Sunday's event, which celebrated the 30th anniversary of the installation of the township memorial.
It might have been an unpopular war with much of the general public, but those who served in Vietnam should be given every bit as much honor and respect as any other veteran.
That point was made again and again Sunday during a 30th anniversary celebration and rededication of the Bristol Township Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the municipal complex of Bath Road .
The memorial honors the 19 township residents who died while serving in Vietnam. Organized by township-based Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans and presided over by Army veteran and township resident Fernando Tellado, who served in Vietnam, Sunday's event drew a crowd of more than 100.
"We gave it everything we had," said Tellado of his fellow Vietnam veterans.
Bucks County Veterans Affairs Director Dan Fraley, a Marine veteran who served in Vietnam, said American armed services members distinguished themselves before the U.S. withdrew from the war in 1973 and watched South Vietnam fall in 1975.
"Vietnam was a complete military victory," Fraley said. "Those of you who fought that war are heroes and winners. Whether it was popular or not, we don't care."
David Christian, a Bristol Township native, Army veteran and the most decorated armed services member in the Vietnam War, recalled the war was still so unpopular 30 years ago that he received death threats before speaking at the memorial's original dedication. He had to wear a bulletproof vest under his suit that day, Christian said.
He urged those attending Sunday's event to thank and honor all who have served.
"Wretched is a nati on who has veterans and mistreats them," Christian said.
The way many Vietnam veterans were treated upon returning home is a sad chapter in our country's history, said state Rep. John Galloway, D-140, of Falls, whose district includes a part of Bristol Township.
"They were not accorded the respect and dignity they deserved, so it's important now that we take advantage of every opportunity to honor them," he said. "We owe them a debt we can never repay, but we can make sure it's never forgotten."
"The natural instinct of people is to run away from danger," said U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-8, Middletown. "Today, we honor people who did the opposite and ran toward danger in order to protect us all. What a noble and honorable way to live one's life."Source: Google News Vietnam | Netizen 24 Vietnam