Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Lastest news on the upcoming ceremony for Viet Nam Veterans

We're going to do a run through at the Memorial site on this Wednesday the 14th to get ready for the big one on the 29th. The event is being billed as a "Welcome Home Viet Nam Vets Ceremony". A General from Redstone Arsenal will to be there for a press conference at 1:00 this Wednesday. I don't know exactly what I'm going to be doing other than setting up my equipment for a test run. I'm supposed to get there at 12:00 on Wednesday.

I took CD's and a poster over to Paul Jones tonight. He will play "My Brother Willie Jones"  on his radio show in Lynchburg this Saturday and give a plug for the ceremony on the 29th. I feel sure I can get it played on WKUL in Cullman as they have played it before and we will get him to announce the ceremony as well. Berkeley Bob said he heard my song on 105.7 station out of Hartselle, Alabama,  over the last Military holiday, so I feel sure they will play it and give a plug for the ceremony as well. I'll take  a poster and CD to WDRM ask  them to announce the ceremony and play the song.

If  I sell CD's at the event, I plan to donate everything to help cover their expenses. I don't feel good taking money at a ceremony honoring those guys. However, I'll be more than happy to sell CD's to help them with expenses. Their going to be selling hats and pins and so on to help cover expenses as well.

I'm announcing this and putting posters out everywhere I can. I'd like to see so many show up it would cause a a traffic Jamb. Those guys didn't get much of a welcome home when their war was over and I want to help all I can to get all we can to come out; not to hear me, but to show we give a damn about what they did and what they went through. It's a good way to say "thank you for your service". I don't think a lot of people know how much that can mean to a Veteran. It makes you feel like maybe someone actually gives a damn about those nights you spent in wet freezing foxholes, or when you had to soak your socks off or watched one of your friends walk till they fall. I never shot at anything that could shoot back but we were infantry and it was the roughest thing I've ever been through before or since. I want everyone to tell as many people as you can about the event on the 29th. I want them to know somebody actually gives a damn. They weren't properly welcomed home the first time, I don't want to see it happen again.

Thursday, March 29 will be the first celebration of the new Vietnam Veteran's Day. There will be a dedication ceremony of a statue honoring our veterans. Please come and honor our Veterans of the Vietnam War. They gave so much for us. I am honored once again to sing my song, “To My Brother Private William Jones” during this ceremony. Please come out and join us at 2:00 pm. at the Veterans Park between Washington and Jefferson Streets off Monroe. Come out to support those who fought for us to keep America the land of the free.    

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