N.H. to finally welcome home its Vietnam War vets on Saturday

CONCORD — The residents of New Hampshire will welcome home their Vietnam War veterans this Saturday at the N.H. National Guard Aviation Hanger at 2 p.m. tomorrow.
One year ago the state Legislature passed a law that marked March 30 as the day to honor veterans of a conflict that ended in 1975.
"It is an opportunity for us to pay a debt that is 40 years overdue and an essential step toward healing a national wound," said N.H. National Guard Major General William N. Riddel III who will be a speaker at Saturday's event.
Attending the event are Governor Maggie Hassan as well as members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation.
American Legion Post 1 in Laconia Adjutant Earlon Beale served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam and said he would be there.
Beale said the event is not about him, although he wants his "Welcome Home," but all the people in New Hampshire who served in Vietnam.
"There's a lot of us out there," Beale said, noting he believes there are at least 25,000 Vietnam veterans living in the state.
"We're a very patriotic state," he said. "When they called us we went and we served."
The event is sponsored by the New Hampshire National Guard and the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery.