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Colleton Press and Standard - Local Vietnam Veterans Get 'Long-Awaited Thank You'

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By Brantley Strickland

U.S. Senator Tim Scott's yearly tradition of honoring veterans from a different American war continued Aug. 2 at the First Baptist Church in Columbia, where more than 2,500 people attended a ceremony to recognize those who served in Vietnam.

"What a wonderful day to be in the presence of so many men and women who put their lives on the line for our nation and the cause of freedom during the Vietnam War. It was an honor and privilege to be in a room full of real American heroes and to recognize them for their service," Scott said.

Among those honored were eight Colleton County veterans and their families. George Lyon, Gilbert Nesmith, William H. Proctor, Angus C. Stokes, Robert Tiegs, Orssie Green, Lawrence M. Weans and John Wallace were each honored with Senatorial Certificates of Appreciation and special pins.

"It was really fantastic," said Wallace, Commander of American Leagion Post 93. "I did four tours over in Southeast Asia, and I always kind of felt a little bit like no one cared about us. But now all of a sudden out of the clear blue sky, Senator Scott did this for the S.C. Vietnam veterans. It was really the first time I had ever had a parade or an honor. It was like a long-awaited thank you.

"That little piece of paper and little pin goes a long way."


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