More than 60 people attended the service, according to Adjunct Jerry Diskin.
The ceremony marked National Vietnam War Veterans Day, honoring those in the USA military who served in the conflict between 1955 and 1975.
Veterans arrive at Camp Pendleton March 29, 2018 to witness the delivery of a new Vietnam War Memorial.
The Danville National Cemetery and VA honor them every March 29; the day the US pulled out of Vietnam.
Inside, the rock band Three of Hearts played hits from the era and the Greater Pennsylvania Military Preservation Association lined several tables with attire, gear and deactivated weaponry from the Vietnam War years. The U.S. Veterans Administration says approximately 2.7 million American servicemen and servicewomen represented their nation in Vietnam.
The Welcome Home, Southwest Florida celebration to honor Vietnam veterans was a partnership between Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Manatee County Foundation and Tidewell Hospice. Today, they wear their Vietnam Veteran hats with pride.
Those who noticed he was a veteran sometimes chose to say something, but they weren't expressions of gratitude.
"We know we needed to do something for the veterans because we care for so many of them", said Tidewell Hospice President and CEO Gerry Radford said. We made history. Some people appreciate it; some people don't.
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"Vietnam Veterans weren't afforded the same respect as the other veterans, and now we are going to correct that", said Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa. "I've gotten over that, and I think that the more we get together like this, the more we can maybe help some of them get through the past problems that they've had".
While agriculture and wholesale and retail trade saw steady rises year-on-year, manufacturing remained the pillar of growth, expanding more than 13 percent, the GSO said.
Allen Lynch recalled the words of a president of their youth as he spoke to fellow Vietnam War veterans gathered Thursday at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.
"We came home to the protesters".
"You guys don't know that you're heroes, but you are", she said in her closing remarks.
"Be thankful that they did what they did because a lot of lives were lost", said Rebecca Reynolds, whose husband served in Vietnam.
McPherson and McFarland said the day should be full of thanks to veterans. "But just to see all the people here at the legion, the nice ceremony they had at Veterans Park, it was fantastic", said Ruedy.
Just like Americans will always remember then.