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Suggested reading brought to you by Elmer's Flag and Banner: Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans

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The Vietnam Era was a difficult and transitional time in America. We were still in a cold war with the Soviets and the threat of communism was anathema to the values and freedoms Americans have always held dear. And so, we found ourselves fighting to defend the freedoms of the Vietnamese. We ended up in a polarizing war in a faraway land losing thousands of young American lives and traumatizing Vietnam, a country that had suffered unrest for over a century of French colonization.

At the U.S. government's behest, whether drafted or enlisted, young Americans dutifully obeyed the call to arms and fought in good faith for our country at a time when protests were forming in cities across America. Disapproval of the war sometimes caused disapproval against those in uniform. What was missing at the time was a proper reception for our returning soldiers, individually and collectively, who had endured warfare.

By 1967, nearly 500,000 soldiers served in South Vietnam along with approximately 850,000 allied forces. They witnessed the loss of more than 58,000 brothers, sons and fathers and cannot forget the 1,253 heroes who are still in-country. Nine million men and women served during the Vietnam Era, each with families keeping vigil. "Welcome Home" might be two simple words, but they have deep meaning to a Vietnam veteran.

At Elmer's Flag and Banner, we welcome home each and every American veteran from every service branch, from every generation, and salute their defense of our Nation and liberty. We recognize our freedom rests upon your shoulders, and we fly the American flag in your honor.

Elmer's Flag and Banner

1332 N.E. Broadway, Portland

503-282-1214

www.elmersflag.com

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