May 25, 2014
Nowadays when soldiers return home from war, they are received by their families and friends with a big welcome, but for the men that fought in the Vietnam War, they didn’t receive a warm welcome.
Now a few Vietnam vets are making up for lost time by honoring their service through the Vietnam War Museum.
The Vietnam War took place between 1962 and 1975. That was a time when there was turmoil overseas and at home in the United States.
“Back in the 60s when you came back from Vietnam you just took the uniform off and put it in the closet,” says Vietnam veteran Craig LaMountain. “You didn't talk about Vietnam, it wasn't a popular war, you just went on with your life.”
LaMountain, is the founder and curator of the museum in Greene County. It is the only Vietnam museum in America that allows you to get up close and personal with the artifacts that were used during the war.
“I just want to give the Vietnam vet the credit he deserves,” says LaMountain.
Along with giving credit to the Vietnam veterans, the museum is also dedicated to educating people about the war.
One veteran who served in Germany in 1966 is hoping to pass on some history to his grandson.
“He's asked me a lot of questions about what happened and the things that went on during that war and the first and second world wars,” says Wallace Sullivan. “There were a lot of people who went ahead of us who made some tremendous sacrifices for us.”
There was also a Vietnam War reenactment, where soldiers displayed what it was like to serve in Vietnam.
“It's been forgotten about being that it's been so many years ago and what we are trying to do is keep that honor for those fellas alive, and to let the public have an understanding what it was like to actually live like they did and fight like they did,” says Captain John Showers, from the Dogs of War Reenactment Group.
This is the museum's sixth year and each Memorial Day there is more to learn about the veterans that gave their lives during the war.