More than 50 years ago brave men and women fought in Vietnam and returned home to the Commonwealth, now state legislators are making sure their service is not forgotten.
At a ceremony in the Great Hall on Thursday, hundreds of people gathered to honor the lives and legacies of the state’s Vietnam-era veterans.
Many of them used the event as an opportunity to reflect on the time they spent overseas.
“I’d like to thank my wife who wrote me a letter every day. Girlfriend, but now wife of 49 years. She’s my rock,” Vietnam veteran Jim Williams told 22News.
The ceremony included a tribute to nurses who provided medical care during the Vietnam war.
They received a standing ovation for their role in bringing Vietnam Veterans home healthy.
State lawmakers who served in the military were also in attendance.
They promised to push legislation that helps improve the quality of life for veterans across the Commonwealth.
Friday, March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day and a ceremony will be held in Worcester to honor those who served.