FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Veterans across the Summit City paid homage to Hoosiers who served in the Vietnam War.
On Friday, families gathered at the National Memorial Shrine located on 2122 O’Day Road in Fort Wayne to celebrate National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Veterans from different generations shared their personal experiences and thoughts. Many of them paid homage to those who fought in Vietnam.
Terry Hudson enlisted in the Army and fought in Vietnam from 1969-1971.
He said seeing his brothers and the appreciation from others left him feeling overjoyed.
“It means everything. It means the world,” Hudson said. “This is the center of my life right here.”
Other Vietnam War veterans said they also appreciated the support they received.
Many of them said nothing compares to sharing war stories and experiences with others who can relate.
“I can say I love my kids and other people, but it’s not the same,” Dale Wilkinson, a Vietnam War Veteran said. “The comradery is what it’s all about.”
“It’s a bond you have with someone that can’t be replicated anywhere else,” Gregory Banicki, a Vietnam War Veteran said.
Younger veterans said the special day was to recognize heroes who paved the way before them.
“There’s nothing like what those men went through,” Michael Marcum, an Iraq War Veteran said. “So thank you is the biggest honor that I can give to them.”
More than 15 veterans attended the event.