Vietnam War commemoration welcomes home veterans


March 31, 2022

Chris Basinger / Petersburg Pilot

March 29 is Vietnam Veterans Day in Alaska. Veterans and their families gathered in the PHS gym for a ceremony and Petersburg's Vietnam vets received overdue recognition.

The Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs hosted a ceremony Tuesday in the Petersburg High School gym to welcome home and remember Vietnam veterans.

The event marked Vietnam Veterans Day which falls on March 29 and was originally scheduled for 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forrest E. Powell III with the DMVA opened the ceremony and introduced Chamber of Commerce President Jim Floyd who welcomed attendees.

Floyd spoke on the history of Petersburg and of the Vietnam War, recalling the mistreatment of service members when they returned to the United States and th...

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