Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby said 50 years ago, our nation didn’t express the gratitude to these veterans in words or deeds.
“We show by the deeds today that we deeply appreciate your service,” he said. “We want to make sure you get the homecoming you deserve.”
Troops holding American flags, along with local leaders including Sen. Jeff Longbine, family and community members surrounded the veterans, some of whom couldn’t hold back tears at such an outpouring of gratitude.
“It’s quite a show. That’s all I can say,” Retired Staff Sgt. Ronald Brown said. “I didn’t think such gratitude existed.”
Brown had been in the service for 20 years.
Some veterans in attendance had even served during World War II.
Wiley Morris, who was visiting from Norfolk, Va., served for 26 years, spanning World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
“We had a hard time during World War II. I was in the . They didn’t accept any colored Marines until 1942. I joined in 1944,” he said. “I drove trucks hauling ammunition for the troops that were fighting in Guadalcanal. I was in that area.”
As the ceremony came to a close, veterans were officially dismissed by Grigsby.
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