March 28, 2013
Vietnam veterans in the Columbus Grove area received a welcome home celebration on Sunday. The event was hosted by veterans from Dessert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
“We felt they deserved this,” said Iraq veteran Brian Siefker. “It was something they never received.
As each Vietnam veteran entered the veteran’s hall they were greeted with a handshake and given a hearty welcome home and thank you from the Gulf War veterans.
“It’s very nice,” said Vietnam veteran Russell Sharrits as he entered the hall.
Siefker said planning for the event began a few months ago under the direction of VFW Quarter Master Paul Vaughn.
“We just felt it was important to give them this recognition, even if it is belated,” Siefker said. “They didn’t get the recognition they deserved when they returned from that war.”
The meal was cooked by members of the VFW and the Ladies Auxiliary. Helping to serve the meal were members of Boy Scout Troop 227.
“Hey thanks for all you did and welcome home,” said Kevin Peth as he greeted Vietnam veteran Gordon Ridenour. These words were spoken over and over again as the Vietnam Veterans entered the hall.
A lone table was set up in the corner of the Columbus Grove VFW Post 9648 room. Behind the table hung a POW/MIA flag.
“That table is waiting in for the return of these soldiers,” said Jessica Siefker.