DENVER — Hundreds of Vietnam War veterans, family and friends were remembered Tuesday at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
“This is a very special day, you know, 50 years since we left” said Dan Dietz, U.S. Army Vietnam veteran.
Veterans from all branches — Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard — were on hand to look back in a day of prayer, war stories and long overdue recognition.
“To see everyone here honoring what the Vietnam veterans did. It’s nice to have gotten a pin for the recognition” said U.S. Navy veteran Jim Marchese, pointing to a small, round pin on his sport coat.
For Jose Gonzales, who was a combat engineer in the 4th Infantry Division, this was the first time he spoke about Vietnam outside of his family.
“I’ve always been standing in the shadows and afraid to come forward and reveal myself as a Vietnam Veteran. I finally broke out of that shell,” he said, acknowledging how much this day helped him. “I’m not afraid anymore. Let’s put it that way.”